Recipients are Algonquin College ‘business in agriculture’ students
KEMPTVILLE — Kemptville College continues to make an impact on the next generation of young farmers — thanks to the scholarship support offered by the defunct institution’s active Alumni group.
The Alumni recently presented $750 apiece to two recipients: Haleigh-Jo tePlate of Finch and Aidan Dennis of Markdale. Both are descended from Kemptville College graduates, and both are entering their second year in the Business in Agriculture program at Algonquin College’s Perth campus. After Algonquin, tePlate will continue her studies at Olds College in Alberta, while Dennis will return home to farm with his father and grandmother.
tePlate hails from a dairy and cash-crop farm where she is third generation. She’s actively involved with the farm as well as with her local Junior Farmers, 4-H and the Stormont County Fair Board. She also hopes to someday own a small herd of beef cows. Her father graduated from Kemptville.
The Dennis family farm features Dorset sheep, Belgium horses and a Hereford and Charolais cow-calf operation. Aiden Dennis plans to take it over and apply the knowledge from his diploma courses. He’s active in his community, church, Junior Farmers and 4-H. His grandparents graduated from Kemptville.
The Kemptville College Alumni encourage young people to check out the 2023 scholarship application at www.kcalumni.ca as well as the group’s Facebook page. The scholarship value rises to $1,000 next year.