American Agri-Women Foundation Awards Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

The American Agri-Women (AAW) Foundation announces the latest recipients of its Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships, Deidra Meyer of Amery, Wisc. and Kestlyn Willert of Aurora, S.Dak.

The Foundation, which is part of American Agri-Women, a national coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, promotes educational and leadership programs and opportunities relevant to agriculture. These $1,000 scholarships are available to any farm, ranch or agribusiness woman or her daughter to pursue accredited courses directly related to agriculture.

Meyer received the Jean Ibendahl Scholarship for a high school graduate (for those 18-23 years old) and Willert received the Sister Thomas More Bertels Continuing Education Scholarship (for those 24 years or older).

Downs is attending the University of California – Davis and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science. She then plans to pursue her master’s degree and earn her doctorate.

Sondericker is studying to be a doctor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science with a minor in poultry and avian sciences from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. Upon completing her doctorate, Sondericker plans to practice as a food animal veterinarian in a rural area, with dairy cattle as her main interest.

The American Agri-Women (AAW) Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships. The deadline is March 1.

The Jean Ibendahl Scholarship (for ages 18-23) and the Sister Thomas More Bertels Scholarship (for ages 24+) honors the memory of these courageous and adventurous women who played an essential role in serving and leading and who encouraged agricultural pursuits.

These scholarships are available to any farm, ranch, or agri-business woman to pursue accredited courses in agriculture leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine or other college-level studies directly related to agriculture. American Agri-Women members and affiliates maintain the scholarships. You can find the application at

About American Agri-Women

American Agri-Women
(AAW) promotes the welfare of our national security through a safe and reliable food, fiber and energy supply. Since 1974, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers, advocate for agriculture, and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW web site for more information and to join, Find AAW on social media  at:, (@Women4Ag) and (@americanagriwomen. #standupspeakout4ag

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