Amert family establishes annual scholarship

The family of Arleen Amert has established an annual scholarship in her honor at Dakota State University.

Arleen Amert has been one of Madison’s leading businesswomen for more than sixty years. She worked with her husband, Henry Amert, to found and build a family construction business, and in the process, literally built much of Madison while raising a family that grew to include four children, nine grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren. Along the way, Arleen found time to be an invaluable part of the Madison community, serving, among many other roles, as a member of the city zoning commission, as an elder of First Presbyterian Church, and as a leader in establishing Madison’s community arts and educational organizations.

 Arleen’s family established the scholarship in honor of her ninetieth birthday. The scholarships are intended to provide support for women following Arleen’s example as a mother, business leader, and community leader.

“I am humbled that my family would choose to mark my birthday in such a way,” remarked Arleen. “My family is a great source of pride to me, and it gratifies me to know that they appreciated the lessons of hard work, commitment, and the importance of education, that I tried to pass along.”

 The Arleen Amert Annual Scholarship will be awarded either to a current student who is a working mother or to a mother who was working prior to enrolling as a full-time student, who has a minimum GPA of 2.5 and is pursuing a degree in a business-related major.


Pictured are Arleen Amert of Madison in the foreground, Arleen’s granddaughter Amanda Amert of Chicago, Ill., and Judy Payne, Dakota State University Vice President for University Advancement.

Last Updated: 1/10/12