Mother’s Egg Scholarship Fund


The “Mother’s Egg Money” scholarship fund has been established at Women, Food and Agriculture Network with the passing of Mildred Erickson Crim, an Iowa farm woman and rural school teacher (1916 – 2011), whose daughter, Jean Crim Eells, has been a longtime WFAN member and colleague. “Egg money” – the term to describe cash brought in by farm women who sold eggs or butter to provide clothing and care for their families – had the stigma of being an insignificant amount. Yet during the Great Depression, Mother’s egg money often made the difference between success and failure for many farm families.

This fund will provide scholarships each year for women seeking to learn more about soil and water conservation and sustainable agriculture, through conferences and courses to help them stay current on the best ways to care for their land. The fund honors the faith of Mildred and many farm women in the core values of education and caring for the land as a legacy.


To make your tax-deductible donation, fill out our online donation form and fill out the credit card information. Please select “Mother’s Egg Money Scholarship Fund” in the program selection box.

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Please use the form below to submit your application for the WFAN Mother’s Egg Money Scholarship Fund.

Scholarships can be used to defray fees for educational conferences, courses and classes.

WFAN targets these scholarships to women who want to learn more about agricultural conservation. Funds may be used toward registration fees, travel, lodging, child care, or replacement labor. Our intent is to provide money that isn’t readily available elsewhere. Payment for registration fees is generally made directly to the organization offering the education/training.

Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants, providing funding is available.

Scholarships can cover up to 75 percent of conference registration fees, but are capped at $150. Applications must be submitted to WFAN at least 4 weeks prior to the event. In most cases, WFAN notifies applicants of the decision on their applications within 2 weeks, although it may take longer.

The WFAN selection committee reserves the right to reject incomplete applications, or to return incomplete or unclear applications for additional information.

Please note: If the support for education/training you are seeking exceeds this amount, please enter the amount you need and make your case for additional funding in your questionnaire.

If you have questions, or would like to have an electronic (MS Word) version emailed to you, or a hard copy mailed to you, please send your request to, or call 515-460-2477.

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