SOY Scholarship

Soy Scholarship

*Application process is now CLOSED for the  2016-2017 academic year as of Nov. 30, 2015. 


ASA President Wade Cowan presents Maria Kuhns of Mason, Ill., with the SOY Scholarship Award during the annual banquet at Commodity Classic in 2015.

The 2016-17 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who is going to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association (ASA) and is made possible through a grant by BASF corporation.

The scholarship will be presented in $2,500 increments per semester. The student must maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.

Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in New Orleans between March 3-5, 2016.

BASF sponsors the winner and one parent to attend Commodity Classic to participate and receive special recognition at their booth on Thursday and the ASA Awards Banquet on the Friday night of Commodity Classic. See below for specific scholarship requirements. 

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  • HS senior with a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale to apply and submit a current HS transcript
  • HS transcript can be official or unofficial but must show HS GPA scale.
  • Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a current ASA member. Only one award per household for the duration of the life of the scholarship.
  • Applicant must plan to declare Agriculture (or discipline in the school of Agriculture) as an area of study at any accredited College or University of their choosing.
  • Applicant must submit most recent ACT and/or SAT standardized test score.
  • Applicant must complete an essay of 500 words or less, entitled, “What is the future of agriculture and what role will I play in that future?”
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from an authority figure dealing directly with the student’s academic progress such as HS Guidance Counselor, Ag teacher, other Advisor, etc. and one personal recommendation letter, such as FFA advisor, pastor, etc.
  • Applicant must show demonstrated extra-curricular activities/leadership skills in agriculture activities.
  • Student’s parent or grandparent must remain a current member throughout the tenure of the student’s scholarship.
  • Applicant must achieve a college GPA of 2.5 during their first semester of freshman year, and remain in good standing with the College or University to obtain the full scholarship. (GPA will be checked between semesters.) Transfer credits do not apply toward the GPA requirement.

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Selection Process

  • Applicants fill out online application from Sept. 21 through Nov. 30, 2015 for consideration of a $5,000 scholarship to be used their freshman college academic year, 2016-17. 
  • Eligible applicants will be scored by the below stated percentages.
  • Scholarship winner will be selected in early December by ASA’s Membership & Corporate Relations Committee and the winner will be notified thereafter.
  • The official public announcement of the winner will be made at Commodity Classic in New Orleans on March 4, 2016.

Selected Candidates Scoring
20% HS GPA and ACT and/or SAT standardized test score
20% Response to Essay Question
30% Extra-curricular/leadership activities related to agriculture
30% Two letters of recommendation. One academic. One personal.
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Submission Directions:

1. Click on the application link below and print out a blank copy of the application form so you can review the information needed and have time to prepare your answers and obtain the required attachments.

2. When you have your answers outlined and the attachments ready to submit, click on the application link and fill in the online application form. Attach the appropriate files and submit your application.

3. After you submit your application, a confirmation will be emailed to you with a copy of the information you submitted.

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Academic Year Recipient Name State  College 
2015-16 Maria Kuhns Mason, Ill. University of Missouri – Columbia
2014-15 Caleb Brannon Puryear, Tenn. Murray State University
2013-14 Mason Kiehl Meadville, Mo. University of Missouri – Columbia