Introducing The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and Exhibition Park $10,000 Agricultural Scholarship Award


Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East announced today a new scholarship award program for $10,000 for one of Lethbridge and District’s top agricultural students.

The scholarship is to further recognize the importance of agriculture in our community by supporting a top student in their pursuit of an agricultural career.


– This scholarship will be presented to a student who has completed at least 3 years of college or university at a recognized institution.

– The student must have demonstrated high academic achievement and leadership qualities in an agriculture related field.

The application must include:

  1. A covering letter which demonstrates their academic achievements, community contributions, leadership abilities and aspirations in an agriculture related field,
  2. Three letters of reference from their post-secondary institution and community leader(s) confirming the applicant’s volunteer / leadership qualities,
  3. An overview of their field of study to be supported by the scholarship.

-Final selection will be based on a formal interview with a Rotary Scholarship Committee.
-Application will be available on line October 1st, at: or
-Applicants must apply before January 15, 2019.

Area of Eligibility:

The applicant must be a legal resident of: County of Lethbridge, County of Taber, County of Warner, County of Forty Mile, County of Cardston, County of Pincher Creek, County of Ranchlands, County of Willow Creek, County of Vulcan, Blood (Kainai) First Nations, Piikani First Nation, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass or the City of Lethbridge.

AG Scholarship Application

Lethbridge Rotary Exhibition Park Agricultural Scholarship Award Dinner Presentation

  • Heritage Hall, Lethbridge Exhibition Park
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 Heritage Hall during Ag Expo 2019
  • 5:00 pm—Reception sponsored by Viterra
  • 6:30 pm—Prime Rib Dinner – Wine Sponsor – Vitality Clinic/EECP
  • 7:30 pm – Award Presentation
  • 8:00 pm—Guest Speaker—sponsored by Perlich Brothers Steve Koeckhoven, MBA, MSc, Market Research Manager, Nutrien

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Steve works within the Market Research department at the newly formed Nutrien, based in Calgary, Alberta. He is also a partner in his family’s grain farm in southeast Saskatchewan.

At Nutrien, Steve and the Market Research work to understand what is currently happening in the global agricultural space and how it will affect the agricultural supply chain – to assist strategic decision-making. In the first half of the presentation, Steve will discuss global trends in the fertilizer, seed and chemical industries and the potential impacts of these trends to agricultural producers.

The root of Steve’s agricultural knowledge lies in his lifelong connection to the farm. After growing up on a dairy farm in Northern Alberta, his family exited the dairy industry in 2008 and purchased a grain farm in Saskatchewan which he actively helps to manage. In the second part of the presentation, Steve will remove his corporate hat, put on his farm hat, and give his thoughts on the industry at the farm level and what he and his family are doing to overcome the challenges facing agricultural producers.

Steve attained an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business and a Masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Alberta. Prior to, and during his tenure at Nutrien, Steve has held roles in consulting, finance, business development and sales – all within the agricultural space.