Grain Farmers of Ontario Legacy Scholarship

Grain Farmers of Ontario
August 31, 2022

Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industries need skilled workers – in the field, in the lab, in the factory, and in the boardroom. A career in agriculture can be a career in science, technology, finance, communication, law, public policy – it is a wide-open field with endless potential.

Grain Farmers of Ontario has a mission to build, defend and promote an inclusive, innovative, and sustainable business environment that enables grain farmer-members the opportunity to prosper. As part of our Core Values, we have a commitment to Our Community.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario Legacy Scholarship encourages the pursuit of higher education in any area of study that will benefit agriculture or agri-food and supports the development of future leaders in these areas.

The Legacy Scholarship is open to students accepted or enrolled in any accredited post-secondary College or University program. Up to 10 scholarships of $5,000 per recipient will be awarded towards the individual’s studies and cost of school.  Up to five of those scholarships may be awarded to students pursuing non-agriculture specific studies.

How to Apply

  • Must be an Ontario resident
  • Recipients are only eligible for one bursary in their lifetime
  • Students must be in a full-time program
  • Students must be attending an accredited College or University
  • Students are eligible during any point of their studies

Legacy Scholarship applicants are required to submit a resume and a 500 to 1,000 word essay explaining why they are applying for the scholarship and how their area of study and career goals will benefit the future of the agriculture and/or agri-food industries in Ontario.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for the Grain Farmers of Ontario Legacy Scholarship or the application process, please contact Rachel Telford,

  • Timelines:
    • Application deadline –  August 31, 2022
    • Notification – by November 1, 2022

    Scholarship Funds:

    • Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded at $5,000 per student
    • Up to 5 scholarships may be awarded for non-agriculture specific studies


    • Ontario resident
    • Entering or currently pursuing post-secondary education
    • Up to 5 scholarships may be awarded for non-agriculture specific studies
    • Full-time student

    Selection Criteria:

    • Ontario resident
    • Demonstrated leadership and community involvement
    • Demonstrated how area of study may benefit the agriculture or food industries in Ontario in the future

    Method of Application:

    • Apply no later than August 31, 2022
    • Submit a completed application form and all supporting documents
    • Applications forms are available on the GFO website
    • All documentation must be submitted electronically in one document to
    • GFO is not responsible for lost or incomplete applications

    Notification of Winners:

    • Winners will be notified by email by November 1, 2022
    • Winners will (or may) have their names and photos published in Grain Farmers of Ontario materials (print and digital)
    • Winners will be invited to attend the annual March Classic in March

    Required documentation:

    • Application form
    • Resume – including a list of community involvement and personal accomplishments
    • Proof of enrollment in a course of study
      • If entering a College or University program, copy of acceptance letter
      • If already enrolled in a College or University, a copy of the most recent course enrollment
    • Essay – Using 500 to 1,000 words, describe why you are pursuing your area of study and how you think it will relate to or benefit the agriculture or food industries in Ontario in the future.  Include details about your future career plans.