Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship

June 08, 2023

By assisting young people in their pursuit of a college or university education in agriculture or food, we are investing in their future careers—and in the future of agriculture and food production in Canada.

The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship is available to Canadian high school students who are enrolled in their final year of high school as of June 8, 2023 and eligible to graduate from high school in 2023. Those eligible for a scholarship must be planning to enroll at a Canadian post secondary institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture, food science or culinary program.

Up to 32 successful applicants will each be awarded a scholarship valued at $3,000, based on demonstrated academic standards and leadership in the community. Selection will be made by an independent panel.

Preference will be given to two (2) applicants of Canadian indigenous heritage.

How to Apply

  • Have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status in Canada as of the application deadline date. Be planning to enter in full time studies in a first-year bachelor degree or diploma program.
  • There is no minimum cumulative average required.
  • Eligible institutions:
    • Canadian educational institutions which have recognized degree/diploma-granting powers, or their affiliates (e.g. universities, colleges/CEGEPs -technical diploma).
  • Field of Study/Program Requirements
    • Restricted to agriculture, food science and culinary programs of studies as accepted by Bayer Crop Science Canada.
    • Program must be of a minimum two-year duration.
    • University preparatory programs in any jurisdiction are not eligible (e.g. CEGEPs -pre-university diploma).Conditions /Restrictions Conditions / Restrictions
    • Students who have commenced their post-secondary studies in January are eligible for the summer competition of the same year.
    • Students must use the scholarship in the academic year for which it is awarded.
  • Submit an online application by visiting https:/ 
  • Application Essay
    • Please provide an Application Essay between 300-500 words
    • Essay Question: “Canadian farmers play an important role in feeding the world in a sustainable way; what role will you play?”
  • Letters of Reference: One must be a personal reference from someone who knows you well, and should highlight the skills and abilities that make you best qualified for the scholarship; the second reference must come from a person who is a farmer or food professional in your community.
  • Transcript

Evaluation criteria:

  • Quality and relevance of the essay to the program objective;
  • Leadership and contribution to the field of agriculture as demonstrated through the volunteer/community involvement and/or extracurricular activities in agriculture;
  • Strength and relevance of the reference letters; and
  • Academic performance.

All applicants will receive confirmation by email of the results of the selection process, once available.

  • If you have applied for entry into a college or university, but have not yet been accepted, you can still apply for the Opportunity Scholarship. However, if you are awarded a scholarship, you must provide an acceptance letter from your educational institution.
  • Scholarship payment(s) will only be issued upon completion of the scholarship acceptance process and review and acceptance of all required supporting documentation by SPC.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that payment of tuition fees is made within the defined timeframe set by the educational institution regardless of the timing of the scholarship payment.