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Recipients of 2020 John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarship

Emma Curits, 4-H Ontario | (Posted September 21, 2020)

Recipients of 2020 John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarship


ROCKWOOD, ONT. (Sept. 21, 2020)?– 4-H Ontario is pleased to announce the 2020 Ontario recipients of the John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarship, Maggie-Jo Hickson (Kawartha Lakes Haliburton) and Matthew Sterling (Chatham-Kent).


4-H Canada and John Deere Canada are committed to providing youth with tools and guidance to lay the foundation for a life-long love of learning. Our ongoing partnership continues to focus on the 4-H spirit of leadership, responsibility, and a deep sense of community.


“At John Deere Canada, we are so excited to partner with 4-H Canada and provide these 12 outstanding individuals each a scholarship to pursue their post-secondary ambitions,” said Charlene Petrie, Marketing Promotions Advisor for John Deere Canada ULC. “The selected recipients proved through their applications that they are the future of business and community leaders, and we couldn’t be more excited about helping to fund some of their education costs this fall. The future is bright, even in these difficult times. Congratulations to all of these individuals!”



Maggie-Jo Hickson

Maggie-Jo has been an extremely active 4-H Ontario member since 2011, completing numerous projects in her region. She is currently studying at the University of Guelph where her educational and social experiences with 4-H Kawartha Lakes Haliburton, have played a large role in her choice of studying the agriculture industry.


“4-H has been a large part of my life for the last 10 years and it has greatly helped shape who I am today” Maggie-Jo says, “Many of my closest friendships are with those who I have been in clubs or attended 4-H opportunities and camps with. Through 4-H I was also able to continue to learn about different aspects of agriculture and develop my passion for the industry in a hands-on way.”


Matthew Sterling

Matthew has been a 4-H member for the past nine years, completing 44 projects in a variety of interests while also holding executive positions in various clubs. He is currently attending Conestoga College in Cambridge, Ontario in the Mechanical Engineering Technology-Robotics and Automation Program. By combining his passion for agriculture and robotics, Matthew’s goal is to contribute to the future of Canadian agriculture through technology and innovation.

Matthew is thrilled, honoured and appreciative to be a recipient of the John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarship. “My 4-H experience has been incredible. I have gained confidence and developed life and leadership skills that have prepared me for my future”, he says.

We wish the two Ontario recipients, as well as the others across Canada, prosperous studies and a very bright future. For more information on the John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarship, visit 4-h-canada.ca/scholarships.




About 4-H Ontario 

4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth of all backgrounds across the province. 4-H youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life. 

For more information please contact: 

Emma Curtis

Marketing and Communications Assistant

4-H Ontario 

519.856.0992 x462



About John Deere Canada

Deere & Company (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services for customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.


For more information, media may contact:

Charlene Petrie

Marketing Promotions Advisor

John Deere Canada ULC



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