Association of Women in Agriculture Benefit Corporation Awards Graduate Student Scholarships

The first scholarship winner is Summer Henschel. Henschel is a 2020 graduate, where she majored in Dairy Science. She grew up on her family’s hobby farm in Chilton, Wis. In the fall, Summer will begin her first year at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. “Throughout veterinary school and beyond, I hope to specialize in food animal medicine,” says Henschel. “I chose to attend veterinary school as it has been a long-term goal of mine to become a veterinarian and to have a career interacting with farmers and agriculturalists.”

Clare Gietzel was awarded another graduate scholarship winner. Gietzel is a 2018 graduate. Currently she is a second-year master's student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities studying applied plant sciences. Her work focuses on plant breeding and molecular genetics in the cultivated wild rice breeding, genetics and conservation program. “I was drawn to plant breeding and the University of Minnesota by the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug, known as the father of the Green Revolution, and his work that saved millions of lives by developing a disease-resistant, semi-dwarf wheat variety,” says Gietzel. “His work continues to inspire me to reach my career goal of working toward solving food insecurity crises through plant breeding.”

Kate Jaeger was also awarded a graduate scholarship. Jaeger is a 2016 graduate, where she studied life sciences communication. She will be pursuing a dual degree with an agricultural emphasis. Upon completion of her program, she will graduate with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. “Throughout my life, I’ve focused on continuous learning and personal development. During the first few years of my career I have quickly realized that I will always have more to learn. This program will provide me with more business insight, economic understanding and management experience,” says Jaeger. “Committing to my education by attending graduate school is one way I can continue to learn, grow and develop.”

The AWABC is proud to award scholarships to help alumni members achieve their goals and support their further education.