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Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships for further education

$1,000 Scholarships

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

Daughters of American Agriculture 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.

Initial funding for the foundation was provided by Jean and Calvin Ibendahl, who farmed near Tamaroa, Illinois and from farm families around the country who pitched in 'dollars for daughters'.

The DAA Foundation provides $1,000 scholarships to farm, ranch and agribusiness women or their daughters in two categories: the Jean Ibendahl scholarship to high school graduates age 18-23 and the Sister Thomas More Bertels scholarship to women age 24 and over. Scholarship funds may be used for accredited courses in agricultural leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine, or other courses directly related to agriculture.


  • 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 on tests are considered. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition for recognized courses in ag leadership, technology, communications, education, rural sociology, medicine or other courses directly related to agriculture and the needs in agricultural communities.
  • Three letters of reference need to be provided with the application.



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


Applications and further information may be obtained from:

Ardath DeWall
Daughters of American Agriculture
11841 N. Mt. Vernon Road
Shannon IL 61078

Applicants must agree to give personal and family financial information, which will be kept confidential, and sign the creed which appears in this brochure.

Applications must be received by June 1.

Donations of $1.00 per person are welcome from farm, ranch and agribusiness women. Help build a scholarship fund that was initially started by Jean and Calvin Ibendahl. Send donations to:
AAW Resource Center Treasurer.


These two scholarships are available to any farm, ranch or agribusiness woman or her daughter to pursue accredited courses in ag 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 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 are due by June 1st of each year. A copy of the applications and the submission information may be found on the AAW website ( PLEASE NOTE: Three letters of reference need to be provided with the application. 

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