The Sunderland Lions Club has announced the first winners of the Ted English Agricultural Scholarship.
Rebecca Smith of Sunderland and Taylor Drake of Cannington are the first to claim the award, which is designed to support graduating students from Brock High School that are planning to pursue further studies in the agricultural sector.
The award is named in memory of English, an agricultural icon in the community who passed away in August of 2017.
“Both young women have demonstrated excellent academic results as well as showing leadership and a willingness to learn all aspects of modern farming,” reads a media release from the Sunderland Lions Club.
“Both students will receive a $1,000 contribution to their further studies.”
Smith, who was raised on a farm south of Sunderland, will be attending the agriculture program at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus in the fall.
“Through the years of my life, I have had the pleasure of watching and observing our farm grow. From milking cows three times a day, to looking out my window and seeing the land covered in grain bins,” she said.
Drake grew up on a family farm as well and also has experience working at a veterinary clinic in Cannington.
She will be attending Trent University in the fall to study biology.
“Working with animals on the farm everyday as my career would be an absolute dream life for me,” she said.