4-H Alberta establishes new scholarship

4-H Alberta establishes new scholarship
May 06, 2021

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The Marilyn Sharp 4-H Scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

Alberta 4-H has created a new scholarship in honour of one of its long-time members.

The Marilyn Sharp 4-H Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this fall to 4-H members entering their second year of post-secondary education.

Each scholarship is worth $1,000 and will be awarded until 2025.

The support comes through donations from MEGlobal and Dow Canada, recognizing Sharp’s 25 years of contributions as a member of the Prentiss Site Community Advisory Panel.

As a member of the panel, Sharp engages with representatives from MEGlobal and Dow Canada about ways to improve communications with the general public.

“Her insightful questions and suggestions on behalf of site neighbours and the region have made a big impact on how our companies operate and communicate with our stakeholders,” Trish Thompson, public affairs manager with MEGlobal, said in a statement. “She has always been a vocal advocate for education and agriculture, so this scholarship is a perfect way to recognize Marilyn for her service to the (panel) and to the community.”

The announcement surprised her.

“When we were in the meeting and they told me about it, I was quite overwhelmed. This is an extreme honour for me,” she told Farms.com. “I never did this sort of work expecting to be recognized for it.”

Community involvement has always been part of Sharp’s life.

Her 4-H career started in 1964 when she moved from British Columbia to start working as a district home economist with Alberta Agriculture. She also judged 4-H public speaking competitions.

Sharp was the first women elected President of Canadian Western Agribition and Chair of the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta.

Community involvement is a two-way street, she said.

“The community has been so supportive of me and my family and I think it’s important to give back to the community when you can,” she said. “Both of my parents were very involved in their communities and so I think (community involvement) was something they instilled in me.”

Members can apply now for the Marilyn Sharp scholarship.

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