Meet the 2023 Recipients of the 5th Annual Rotary Ag Scholarship


NYOMI BROBBEL Nyomi is a third-year veterinary student at the University of Calgary, with an interest in cattle and small ruminant medicine. Prior to attending the U of C, Nyomi completed two years of education towards a BSc in biological sciences at the University of Lethbridge, achieving a GPA of 3.95. Nyomi grew up near Fort Macleod on a small lamb and feeder cattle farm and has spent her summers working for local hay farms. Nyomi’s goal is to work as a large animal veterinarian near Fort Macleod with various livestock species to further her understanding of veterinary medicine in conjunction with local livestock producers. She also wishes to expand on her current role in the community through 4-H and hockey clubs. She is grateful to the Lethbridge East Rotary Club and all the sponsors for this scholarship, which has inspired her as she enters her final year at the U of C.

EMMA KNODEL Emma is a 3rd-year agronomy student in the Bachelor of Agriculture Science program at Lethbridge College achieving an overall GPA of 3.94. Emma is proud to be part of a 5th generation family farm near Enchant, Alberta, and engaged in community service through leadership and volunteering experiences. This is where she discovered her passion for the agriculture industry and community. She is dedicated to promoting agriculture through two terms as president of the Lethbridge College Ag Club. Through her education and work experience, Emma has developed a keen interest in soil science. She plans to continue her education by obtaining an MSc in the field and hopes to operate her own soil analysis lab. Emma is honored to be a recipient of this prestigious scholarship and would like to thank the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and the generous industry and community sponsors for this incredible opportunity.

MAKAYLA GROSS Makayla was raised on a crop and cattle operation outside of Bow Island where she developed her passion for agriculture at an early age. With a particular interest in agribusiness and agri-food marketing, she chose to pursue a Bachelor of Management with a major in Marketing at the University of Lethbridge. She is currently completing her third year of studies where she has maintained an overall GPA of 3.88. Outside of school, Makayla also plays an active role in her community through clubs and volunteering. After graduation, Makayla plans to pursue a career in agri-food marketing, with a focus on consumer education and fostering public support for the agricultural industry. She sincerely thanks the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and the generous industry sponsors for investing in her future through this award. She intends to remain involved in her community and prove herself as a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.