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AAW Foundation Awards Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships
Minnesota Ag Connection - 01/24/2023

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

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).

Deidra aims to graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in agriculture communications, marketing, and business. Also, to become a professional parliamentarian and seek a career as a professional agricultural consultant. This young lady has an impressive resume of honors and awards, which are too numerous to mention. She has excelled in Parliamentary Procedure and is an Accredited Parliamentarian (AP), a member of the Society of Agriculture Education Parliamentarians, and a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. As a dedicated FFA member, these are just a few ways Deidra has shown her success, hard work, leadership, and citizenship in her activities.

Kestlyn is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minnesota. Through a double major in Agricultural Communication and Marketing along with Animal Science, Kestlyn is sharing stories with producers and discovering innovations in animal agriculture. Following her undergraduate education, she plans to attend law school or complete a master's in an agricultural-related area of study. With a college education and professional degree, she is confident she will continue to give back to the industry that has given her so much.

The 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 https://americanagriwomen.org/scholarships.

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, www.americanagriwomen.org. Find AAW on social media at: Facebook.com/AgriWomen/, Twitter.com/Women4Ag/ (@Women4Ag) and Instagram.com/americanagriwomen/ (@americanagriwomen. #standupspeakout4ag

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