Thank you for joining us at the Des Plaines Conservation Area for the second annual Ralph Sweat Memorial Scholarship Tournament. Ralph Sweat, the former president of the IBN passed away the summer of 2020. Ralph was an example of how hard work and dedication can make a difference in so many people’s lives. The IBN would like to honor Ralph and give away two (2)  $1,000 scholarships to be used for college/advanced studies to two deserving anglers.

Scholarship applicants – Please submit the application with an attached written essay to Jim Blumenstein ( ) no later than December 15 2022.

Requirements for the scholarship are that essays must be at least 300 words and you must have at least a 2.0gpa.

Some things you can include in your essay if you wish:  Why is fishing important to you? What obstacles have you overcome to fish? What are you doing to pay it forward? How can you make fishing better in the future? How can you honor Ralph in your fishing journey? What is your best fishing moment?


Please click the link below for the application.