Scholarships Open to Farm, Ranch Women

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Published on: Jan 6, 2009

Applications are now open for two scholarships provided by American Agri-Women, open to the farm, ranch or agribusiness women or their daughters who want to pursue higher education.

The scholarships, $500 each, can be used for tuition to pay for courses in ag leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine or any other courses directly related to agriculture.

The scholarships are provided through the Daughters of American Agriculture Foundation, which was funded by Jean and Calvin Ibendahl, who farmed near Tamaroa, Illinois, and from farm families around the country who pitched in "dollars for daughters."

The Jean Ibendahl Scholarship was initiated in 1991 by AAW member and educator Jean Ibendahl. It was later supported by an endowment of $10,000 by Jean and her husband Calvin. It is further maintained by donations by AAW member and affiliates. This scholarship is available to high school graduates and women aged 18-23.

The Sister Thomas More Bertels Scholarship was begun in 1991 to honor a founding mother of AAW. Sister T. More Bertels was a history teacher at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. This scholarship is available to women who are returning students in agriculture and are 24 years old or older.

An applicant must be a farmer, rancher or be the wife, daughter or other close relative of a farmer, rancher or other person employed in agriculture. She must have knowledge of or work experience in agriculture and show an economic or financial need.

Applications for each are due by June 1st of each year. A copy of the applications and the submission information may be found on the AAW website www.americanagriwomen.org.