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McDonald’s Canada, 4-H Canada launch National Youth Scholarship program

McDonald’s Canada and 4-H Canada have announced the launch of the National Youth Scholarship program as a part of the next iteration of a longstanding relationship between the two organizations. As part of this partnership, 16 scholarships totaling $80,000 will be awarded over two years to senior youth leaders and will be aimed at advancing important work in sustainability and educational pursuits in agriculture.

“McDonald’s Canada wouldn’t be who we are today without Canadian farmers, ranchers, and growers,” says Gemma Pryor, senior director, Canada Impact Team, McDonald’s Canada. “This new National Youth Scholarship program in partnership with 4-H Canada will help advance educational pursuits in agriculture across Canada and help support the next generation of Canadian farmers.”

4-H Canada empowers youth to be responsible, caring, and contributing leaders that affect positive change in the world around them, according to a media release.  The leadership development pillars of 4-H Canada-sustainable agriculture and food security, science and technology, the environment and healthy living, community engagement and communications-are all areas that are relevant and important to the current generation of youth, and align with the concerns of  McDonald’s Canada.

“Through the generosity of McDonald’s Canada, we have an opportunity to empower youth leaders in achieving their educational goals,” says Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “This partnership ensures youth are given meaningful support to pursue studies to build a sustainable future, and explore subject matter important to them as global citizens.”

The news release states the fast food brand works with partners and suppliers who “align with its values to help build a thriving, resilient food system, and sources ingredients like Canada Grade A eggs, potatoes, dairy, and beef from nearly 50,000 Canadian farms.”

The McDonald’s Canada and 4-H Canada National Youth Scholarships will be awarded in 2023 and 2024. During this time, the partnership will also see McDonald’s Canada joining the 4-H Canada Leadership Awards as a supporting sponsor.  The 4-H Canada website will be updated when scholarship applications open in 2023.

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