A rural resident of Kneehill County will have a lot of help with his education, thanks to 4H of Canada.

Emmett Sawyer, whose family runs a beef and grain operation west of Acme, is one of four winners nation-wide of a $20,000 Leadership Excellence Award of Distinction scholarship.

"We have kids out there who are leading in their communities, giving back in their communities and also have high academic standing," explained Jay Poulton, Director of Marketing and Communications for 4H Canada. "We want to see, really, a breadth of experience there from the youth members that apply for this."

"They answer a few questions and then write an essay on a specific topic related to our four leadership development pillars," he outlined. "They are community engagement and communications, science and technology, sustainable agriculture and food security and environment and healthy living."

Sawyer chose sustainable agriculture and food security as his essay topic. The other three scholarship winners wrote about the other three 4H pillars. They each receive $20,000 to put towards their post secondary education.

"It's really a major investment in these bright kids and it's really pushing that to the next level," stated Poulton. "These kids can take their dreams, some of them who want to own farms or who want to go into bigger and better things or whatever they want to do in the world of science and tech or what have you, this is really that stepping stone for them."

Sawyer is taking Agricultural Studies at the University of Lethbridge and wants to head up an ag company some day.

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