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Bachmeier Establishes Scholarship to Support Mayville State Agribusiness Students
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/13/2023

Mayville State University benefactor and Mayville, N.D. native Terry Bachmeier is sharing his family farming heritage by establishing the Bachmeier Family Agribusiness Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students pursuing the agribusiness bachelor’s degree at Mayville State. A total of $5,000 will be available in scholarship funding each year beginning with the fall semester of 2024.

Establishing a scholarship and endowment to support agribusiness students and in honor of his family was innate for Terry. The Bachmeier family has farming in the blood and even in the name. In German, the Bachmeier name translates to “farmer by the brook.” Terry’s parents, Thomas and Bernell Bachmeier, both grew up on farms and only left the farm when they went to college.

In his early years, Terry spent time on the farms of a cousin and of an uncle during the summer. Later, during his high school years, he was employed on various farms during the summer months. “It was a very valuable time of learning a variety of skills and getting to know what hard work is really like,” he remembers.

“Terry Bachmeier is a visionary who has a big heart for helping students in pursuit of their educational goals. While doing this, he is strengthening and supporting the university. He is truly a blessing to Mayville State and the Mayville State Family,” said Mayville State University President Dr. Brian Van Horn. “Terry is leading the way in assisting the agribusiness program at Mayville State. Agriculture is integral to all that happens in our region and state. Through the agribusiness program, Mayville State is helping to provide the workforce needed to support agriculture in our state, and because of his thoughtfulness and generosity, Terry Bachmeier is helping to move that important objective forward.”

Terry’s father, Tom, was a member of the education and psychology faculty at Mayville State University from 1959 to 1987. He was granted the distinction of Professor Emeritus of Education from Mayville State University in 1995. He passed away in 2002. Bernell was an active supporter of Mayville State, volunteering for various organizations that helped to provide scholarships and other assistance for the university while her husband worked as a faculty member. Bernell passed away in 2020.


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