One Hundred 4-H Members From Across Canada Share $100,000 in Chrysler Foundation Ram Truck Scholarships

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Ottawa, Ontario –-( 4-H Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the Ram Truck Canada “100 scholarships for 100 years of 4-H in Canada.”

This opportunity allows 100 deserving 4-H members to further pursue their post-secondary education in September 2014, with a $1,000 scholarship each, totaling $100,000.

Generous funding for these scholarships was made possible by The Chrysler Foundation.

4-H scholarships provide opportunities for Canadian youth to further their post-secondary education and expand their knowledge in the science, art and business fields.

4-H Canada works with all provinces to create clubs in local communities and has an exceptional track record of developing confident Canadian leaders. These youth members are responsible, caring and strong leaders who affect positive change around them.

This investment from The Chrysler Foundation embodies the spirit of 4-H leadership because it cultivates self-esteem, responsibility and self-motivation.

Nearly 200 4-H youth from across Canada applied for the Ram Truck Canada scholarships by submitting 500-word essays and reference letters.

“4-H Canada is very fortunate that The Chrysler Foundation understands the importance of building strong, young leaders,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “We are very proud of our reputation as a leading positive youth development organization in Canada.

“Education and leadership go hand-in-hand when preparing today’s young people for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada. “These scholarships, which are based on merit, academic records, leadership, and involvement in the agricultural community will go a long way to help deserving young people throughout the country further their education.”

The Ram Brand declared 2013 the “Year of the Farmer,” during the Super Bowl last February, when its much-talked about television spot “Farmer” kicked off a year-long initiative to bring national attention to the significance of farmers. To date, “Farmer” has been viewed on-line more than 22 million times.

About 4-H Canada
4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running and most respected youth-serving organizations helping young Canadians to “Learn to Do by Doing” in a safe environment. With more than 24,000 members and 7,500 volunteer leaders, the 4-H community has extended beyond its rural roots and offers clubs for a diverse range of interests and skills across the country. Provided with the tools and guidance 4-H members work individually and with others to reach their goals. This unique combination of group-based learning and personal interests is what makes the 4-H experience exciting and memorable for everyone involved. Through this process, we are creating a 4-H culture of skilled, responsible and confident leaders that are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada. At a national program level, members have the chance to travel nationally and internationally, and participate in leadership conferences and seminars.

To learn more about 4-H Canada, visit

About The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has established a proud legacy of empowering people and investing in local communities. The Chrysler Foundation focuses its support on four key areas: Education: K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives that encourage the study and pursuit of careers in business, design, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or supply-chain management; Military: support for the nation’s service members and their families in need; Multicultural / Diversity: initiatives that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations; and Youth Development: organizations and programs that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth in the transition to adulthood. Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.

About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its identity and clearly define its customers since its launch as the newest Chrysler Group LLC vehicle brand. Creating a stand-alone brand for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hardworking Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

About Chrysler Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, Chrysler Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 88th anniversary in 2013. Chrysler Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, one of the world's leading automotive companies. Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat, S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT, FIAT and Mopar vehicles and products. Chrysler Canada's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Durango, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Fiat 500.

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