One focus of American Agri-Women Foundation is education both of young people and of AAW members.  To this end the Foundation gives academic scholarships and first time attendee event scholarships.  We encourage you to apply for the scholarships for which you are eligible.

American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

• 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 ($1,000 each) 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. Applications will be taken beginning January 1 of each year and need to be postmarked on March 1st. Applications will not be accepted after March 1st. Application Deadline is March 1st.

Submit completed 2023 application by March 1, 2023:

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American Agri-Women Gail McPherson Fly-In Scholarship

This scholarship was named to honor Gail McPherson of Pennsylvania. Gail was a founding mother of AAW and a past president of the Foundation. She was proficient in parliamentary procedure, she was chair of the bylaws committee and author of many pertinent resolutions. Gail was instrumental in the creation of the first AAW Fly-In.

View and Download AAW Gail McPherson FlyIn Scholarship Application

Submit completed 2023 application by May 1, 2023 to:

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American Agri-Women Legacy Kids Fly-In Scholarships

•Trenna Grabowski Legacy Kids Fly-In Scholarship – 2 kids between 8-18 years of age

Will award $200 towards expenses for the AAW Washington D.C. Fly-In. Eligibility requirement is to be a Legacy Kid member of AAW. Legacy Kids memberships are available for AAW members to purchase as gifts to children/young people from birth through age eighteen. It was Trenna’s idea through the AAW Foundation to launch a program to provide a vehicle for AAW members to share their enthusiasm and support agriculture and AAW with young people, while encouraging the ultimate entry of second and third generation individuals into AAW.

View and Download AAW Legacy Kids Scholarship Application

Submit completed 2023 application by May 1, 2023 to:

Or Submit Online Here

American Agri-Women Helen Whitmore Memorial Convention Scholarship

This scholarship was named to honor Helen Whitmore, a well-respected rancher and teacher from California. It was initiated in 1993 by a friend and AAW Past President, Mitzi Ayala Perdue. It was established to increase active involvement in AAW and to encourage members to influence their home affiliate members. Application Deadline is August 15th.

View and Download AAW Helen Whitmore Memorial Convention Scholarship Application

Submit completed 2023 application by August 15, 2023 to:

Or Submit Online Here

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!

Gail McPherson Fly-In 2022 Scholarship:

Kathy Goodyke, Minnesota
Cheryl Lambert, California
Debbie Bacigalupi, Nevada

Daughters of American Agriculture 2022 Scholarships:
High School – Deidra Meyer, Amery, Wisconsin
Continuing Education – Kestlyn Willert, Aurora, South Dakota

CHS Foundation/AAW Foundation Growing Leaders 2019 Convention Scholarships:
Aimee Sitter, Minnesota
Amber Johnson, Minnesota
Anne Johnson, North Dakota
Camryn Haines, Texas
Emily Desormeaux, Texas
Jessica Wesson, Arkansas
Julia Gibson, Missouri
Katie Crum, Minnesota
Kaylee Brooks, California
Maggie Mills, Minnesota
Sadie Bingham, South Dakota
Tavin Schneider, Washington

Helen Whitmore Memorial 2022 Convention Scholarships:

American Agri-Women is honored to announce four Helen Whitmore Memorial Scholarship recipients to attend the annual AAW Convention held in November. The scholarship is for $500.

Ashly Ann LemHouse, Junction City, Oregon, obtained a Bachelor of Science at Oregon State University in Agricultural Sciences and volunteers Oregon Ag in the Classroom. After graduation, her first job was at an organic dairy in Bavaria, Germany. Ashly is very excited about attending our national event with other likeminded, hardworking women who are also passionate about agriculture.

Kelby Riley, Abernathy, TX, after High School graduation, attended West Texas A&M, graduated with an Ag Media & Communications B.S. degree with a minor in Ag Business in 2014, and went on to get her M.B.A. in 2018. Kelby is very active in the Texas Agri-Women Panhandle Chapter, holding the office of Vice-President. Community Service has always been a big part of Kelby’s life.

Keila Schilling, Dalhart, Texas, graduated from West Texas A&M, majoring in Ag-Business and Applied Agriculture Economics, Masters in Agri-Business from Texas A&M, and is presently working for Capital Farm Credit. She joined AAW in 2019, working with Texas Agri-Women to get a new chapter organized. Shilling was elected as chapter president for 2020-2021, and has since transitioned to Parliamentarian for 2022. Her goals are to utilize her personal experiences, grow and expand her knowledge in agriculture and continue to be a force in her community.

Jami Willard, Interlaken, New York, was an early graduate from high school since her grandfather needed help. She completed a senior internship year on his farm where she managed calves for the local dairy farm while going to community college. Willard completed an associate’s degree, finished a bachelor’s degree online through Ashford University, a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from Sunny Oswego and completed her student teaching as an actual teacher in the field in the Fall of 2020. She is the FFA advisor who has fantastic support from the school and community. Because of them. Willard and the FFA chapter has made a significant impact in a short time. They recently brought back the FFA Chapter and Willards future goals would be to construct a school barn to teach students more hands-on by giving them real-life experiences.



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