The 2014-15 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 a degree area of study at any accredited college or university. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association 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. Candidates may apply online Sept. 15 through Nov. 15 of each year.
Final selection will be made the first week of December. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made in March during Commodity Classic. BASF sponsors the winner and one parent to attend Commodity Classic for two days to participate and receive special recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet on the Friday night of Commodity Classic.
- HS 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 a degree 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 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.
- Applicant must complete an essay of 500 words or less, entitled, “What does the future of agriculture look like, 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.
- Applicants fill out on-line application from Sept. 15 through Nov. 15 for the following year’s scholarship award. Scholarship winner will be selected in early December and the winner will be notified.
- The official public announcement will be made at Commodity Classic in March.
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.
1. Click on the application link 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 e-mailed to you with a copy of the information you submitted.2014-15 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship Application
BASF and ASA Announce $5,000 SOY Scholarship Winner
BASF and ASA announced the official winner of the 2014-2015 SOY Scholarship on Feb. 27, 2014 during Commodity Classic. The ASA Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an outstanding high school senior who has achieved high academic and leadership requirements, and is planning to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university.
This year’s recipient is Caleb Brannon of Puryear, Tenn. Brannon, a senior at Calloway County High School, will pursue a degree in agricultural business at Murray State University, Kentucky, beginning this fall.
“For the seventh year, ASA is pleased to partner with BASF to offer this opportunity to an exceptional student,” said ASA President Ray Gaesser, a producer from Corning, Iowa. “The agriculture industry has a bright future, thanks to dedicated young people like Caleb.”