College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Daughers of American Agriculture Scholarship(s)

Sponsor:   |  Application Deadline: June 1, 0000

Scholarship Description


  • Jean Ibendahl Scholarship (for ages 18-23)
  • Sister Thomas More Bertels Scholarship (for ages 24+)

Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship was created to honor the memory of those courageous and adventuresome pioneer women who played such an important role in the founding of this nation and encourage the present generation to continue their education in agricultural pursuits.

These two scholarships are available to any farm, ranch or agribusiness woman or her daughter to
pursue accredited courses in agriculture leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine, or
any other courses directly related to agriculture.

The Jean Ibendahl scholarship was initiated in 1991 by AAW member and educator, Jean Ibendahl
of Tamaroa, Illinois. It was later supported by a generous 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. She
traveled the United States and Canada extolling the virtues of agriculture and empowering producers to realize their potential. This scholarship is available to women who are returning students in agriculture and are 24 years old or older.

Both scholarships are for $1,000. Applications for each scholarship need to be postmarked by June
1st of each year.

• Scholarship money will be used for tuition.
• Scholarship awards will be granted only once per individual.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a farmer, rancher or be the wife, daughter or other close relative of a farmer, rancher or other person employed in agriculture.
  • There must be an economic or financial need.
  • Knowledge of or work experience in agriculture.
  • Grade Point Average or placement tests are considered. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition for recognized courses in agriculture leadership, technology, communications, education, rural sociology, medicine or other courses directly related to agriculture and the needs in agricultural communities.

Application Information

  • Three letters of reference need to be provided with the application.
  • Applicants must agree to give personal and family financial information which will be kept confidential, and sign the creed which appears in the organization's brochure.
  • Please type and mail to Ardath DeWall, 11841 Mt. Vernon Rd , Shannon, IL 61078
  • Complete typed applications must be postmarked no later than June 1st of the current year.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Results will be posted on the AAW website no later than August 1 of the current year. Only recipients will be notified personally.
  • If selected, please submit how this scholarship has benefitted you to

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