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WFA announces winners of Ray Baptie Memorial Bursary

ALMA - Three Alma area students were recently awarded Ray Baptie Memorial Scholarships by the Wellington Federation of Agriculture (WFA).

Becky Koeslag, Rebecca Grose and Trevor Koeslag each received a $500 scholarship for post secondary studies in agriculture.

They will be recognized at the WFA banquet and annual general meeting in November.

Becky Koeslag is enrolled at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus studying horticulture. She achieved honour roll status for four years of high school and was awarded the Ryan Giddy Memorial award for citizenship. 

Among many other activities, she is an active member of Alma United Church and a 4-H member.

She works part time for Alma Baking and Catering to offset her school costs and is excited to be working towards an agricultural career working with fruits and vegetables.

 Grose is pursuing a diploma with an agriculture-equine major at the University of Guelph’s Kemptville College.

She completed 69 4-H clubs  and has an extensive list of awards including the Margaret Bolander Outstanding Community Volunteer award, and a scholarship  from Grand River Agricultural Society.

She is a member of Alma United Church, and treasurer of  its youth group. She worked for Equine Guelph as a summer student, assisting with developing an on-line 4-H horse club. She is planning to pursue a career as a therapeutic riding coach.

Trevor  Koeslag loves farming and is working towards a diploma in agriculture at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus.

He completed 30 4-H clubs, and has volunteered with the Alma Optimists at the Fergus Truck Show and has volunteered in the past with the Clifford Tractor Pull. 

He was part of a 4-H exchange to Saskatchewan, and continues to volunteer with various church and youth group events for Alma United Church.

 If anyone knows of a student studying agriculture worthy of next  year’s scholarship, they should contact Lisa Hern at prior to the Oct. 15 deadline.


September 30, 2011


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