Spirit of Ruth Award

Recognize a Fellow Alumna – Spirit of Ruth Award

The Spirit of Ruth Award was created to recognize Sigma Alpha Alumnae who
embody the spirit of Ruth through active involvement, leadership, and commitment
to the field of agriculture.

Recipients of this award demonstrate the ideals of Sigma Alpha by living the four
pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship, and Service in their personal and/or
professional lives.

Nomination Information

Nomination Open

Nomination Close

Number of Awards

April 15, 2023

September 30, 2023

Four (one per Leadership Seminar)


  • Must be able to attend one Leadership Seminar (travel, accommodations and registration will be provided)
  • Sigma Alpha Alumna in good standing
  • Must demonstrate the four pillars in personal and/or professional life
  • Preference will be given to alumnae aged 30 years old or older to promote the lifelong bonds of sisterhood
  • Active in the agriculture industry, personally or professionally

2023 Recipients:
Linsey Liebig Carter, Kappa
Jessica Kiesling, Delta
Kelly Lawler, Alpha Iota
Charlotte “Charley” Maxwell, Pi

2022 Recipients:
Shannon Boswell, Chi
April Burg Vollherbst, Alpha Kappa
Sydney White, Chi

2021 Recipients:
Lisa McCutcheon, Chi
Casey Hushon, Pi
Lisa Campion Sullivan, Gamma

2020 Recipients:
Kim Stassen Neumann, Upsilon
Rachel Hickerson, Alpha Iota
Caitlin Cox, Beta Kappa
Monica Pase Maxwell, Chi

2019 Recipients:
Jennifer Chandler Gish, Alpha Upsilon
Michelle Wall, Upsilon
Michaele Wiegert, Beta
Elizabeth Pugh Farrell, Alpha Theta

2018 Recipients:
Jessica Smith Campbell, Alpha
Mary Masch Martineau, Alpha Pi
Melea Reicks Licht, Delta
Shelley Armour, Beta Alpha

  • I love Sigma Alpha because it’s given me opportunities I didn’t know existed and has been a key player in shaping me into the professional I am today!

    Jordan Bonham
  • I love Sigma Alpha because of the wide network of women in agriculture that is available to me.

    Kim Stassen
  • Sigma Alpha changed my life the day I became a member because it was then that I knew wherever life took me, I could always count on finding sisterhood there.

    Alacyn Cox
Teresa BrandenburgSpirit of Ruth