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Sharpe Memorial Prize
In memory of William Joseph Sharpe, an endowment fund was established at the University of Manitoba. The purpose of the fund is to recognize the academic excellence of a student who has completed the course Avian Production Systems. Each year, beginning in 2017-2018, the available annual income will be used to offer one prize to an undergraduate student who:

(1) was enrolled full-time (minimum 80% course load) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences in the year the prize is tenable;

(2) has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0;

(3) achieved the highest standing in the course Avian Production Systems (currently numbered ANSC 4550).

In the event of a tie, the prize will be awarded to the student with the highest degree grade point average.

Students in their final term of study are eligible to receive the prize, provided that they have declared graduation and were registered full-time (minimum 80% course load) in the term the prize is tenable.

If the course Avian Production Systems is no longer offered, a scholarship can be offered to a full-time undergraduate student (minimum 80% of a full-course load) who has declared a Major in Animal Systems, and achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5.

The selection committee will be the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Award Committee.
This agreement may be amended by the mutual consent of the donor (or designate) and the University of Manitoba. All such amendments shall be in writing. In the absence of the donor (or designate), and providing all reasonable efforts have been made to consult, the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba has the right to modify the terms of this award if, because of changed conditions, it becomes necessary to do so. Such modification shall conform as closely as possible to the expressed intention of the donor in establishing the award.

Biographical Information
William Joseph Sharpe was a highly successful businessman who was seen as a pioneer in the poultry business in Saskatchewan. He was born in Sperling, Manitoba in 1901 and moved to Carman and later to the Miami area with his family where his father took up farming. In 1920 he left home and moved to Regina and held various positions there and in Yorkton and Moose Jaw before returning to Regina where he started W.J. Sharpe and Company, buying eggs, poultry and dairy butter. The business expanded to include a hatchery and later an eviscerating plant. He was active in poultry related organizations in Saskatchewan, where he was president of the Hatchery Association. He was also involved in the Western Canada Poultry Produce Association and the Canadian Poultry Produce Council. In all, he was involved in the poultry business for 57 years. His community interests, however, extended well beyond poultry. He was an active member of the Regina Central Lions Club and was part of the committee that established the Lions Band organization. He was also a life member of the Masons.

Established: Senate, October 4, 2017
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