The OYF Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the late Martin Streef – president Streef Produce Ltd., a family-run fresh fruit and vegetable business in Woodstock Ontario – to help future generations of Canadians pursue their passion for agriculture. In 1996, Streef was recognized as both Ontario’s and Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer. He died in April 2008.
Congratulations to our 2016 recipients
Alyssa Cronin, Bluevale
Shannon Russell, Cobden
The Martin Streef Memorial Scholarship is available to any full-time student in their final year of secondary school who is about to enter a post secondary institution, or is currently registered in a post secondary institution leading to a degree or diploma. The application deadline for the 2017 OYF Memorial Scholarship is June 30, 2017.
You will find the provincial application below and although it requests information pertaining to agriculture, it does not exclude applicants that are pursuing a non-agricultural degree. The committee thought that many students take degrees in such areas as business or science at a non-agricultural college or university before returning to an agricultural career.
Applicants must be somehow be related to OOYF alumni. This means that they can be a son, daughter, nephew, niece, grandson or granddaughter, cousin etc. Please feel free to make copies of this application if more than one relative wants to apply.
The winner will be selected and notified by the end of August. The official presentation will occur at the next Ontario OYF Region Awards Banquet.
Please make any eligible applicants aware of this scholarship. We would like to thank the Streef Family for their generosity to the OYF program and look forward to them making the scholarship presentation next spring.
Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmers
Martin Streef Memorial Scholarship Application
As proud farmers, we are honoured to be able to support, in Martin Streef's memory, continuing education by offering a scholarship for post secondary studies. The Martin Streef Memorial Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to one qualified individual who is pursuing post secondary education in a course leading to a degree or diploma.
Any full-time student in their final year of secondary school and about to enter a post secondary institution, or currently registered in a post secondary institution, leading to a degree or diploma. This individual must be a family relation of an Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer Alumni. You may only win this scholarship once.
Each applicant will be required to fill out this application form and forward it to the Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers
c/o Dianna Forth
17 Taywood Court
Dundas, Ontario L9H 7A2
Each applicant will type a short essay based on the following question: "Why are you passionate about agriculture in Ontario?"
Each application must be accompanied by the following:
* Send a copy of the applicant's resume.
* A letter confirming the applicant's involvement in agricultural affairs (from a non-family member)
* A letter of character reference (from a non-family member)
The deadline for receipt of applications is June 30, 2017. Scholarships will be announced prior to August 31st.
A selection committee comprised of the 3 judges at the Ontario regional event of the Outstanding Young Farmers will judge the applications unless there is a conflict of interest.
All applications must be forwarded to the Ontario OYF at the above address and the envelopes will remain sealed. All personal information about the applicant will be concealed, therefore allowing each application to be judged anonymously.
Money will be forwarded upon proof of payment of tuition to the post secondary school.
The official presentation will be at the Ontario OYF Regional Award Banquet in the year following.
Name of related OYF alumni and how related:
Type a short essay (maximum 750 words) on the following topic:
"Why are you passionate about agriculture in Ontario?"
2014 - Chelsea Steele, Norwood
Justin Heimstra, Aylmer
2012 - Ian Steele, Norwood
2011 - Alisha Burgess, Mildmay
2010 - Amanda Vandenberk