The newly established John & Mary Young Memorial Scholarship will allow an LFS graduate student to manage the cost of continuing their education in dairy research.
Scottish immagrants John and Mary Young came to Vancouver in 1929 with six children, 24 Ayrshire cows and one bull in tow. John, an Ayrshire breeder, was hired by UBC Professor H.M. King to bring livestock to the University. Two years after the Youngs arrived, the Great Depression struck, forcing UBC to make severe cutbacks. Farm employees were terminated and the decision was made to close the farm. As a last minute plan for survival, John Young leased the farm from the University and used the revenue from milk sales to operate it.
As a result of the Youngs’ foresight and dedication, the UBC Dairy Education & Research Centre exists in Agassiz, BC today and has evolved into a world renowned centre for dairy research.
Thanks to contributions from the Young family and friends, and the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre, the scholarship has been endowed and will be awarded for the first time this year.