SOY Scholarship

Soy Scholarship

*Check back soon for information to apply for the 2017-18 academic year !

ASA, BASF Award Missouri Student with 2016 SOY Scholarship

Kara Berrey

ASA President Richard Wilkins (left) presents Kara Berrey, of Carrollton, Mo., (right) with the 2016-17 SOY Scholarship during the annual ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic in New Orleans.

Kara Berrey, of Carrollton, Mo., won the 2016-17 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship sponsored by the American Soybean Association (ASA) and BASF.

The ASA 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.

Berrey will pursue a degree in agricultural education at Missouri State University beginning this fall. Kara has been active in 4-H and FFA from the county to the national level and has held several leadership positions. She’s also represented Missouri as a National 4-H Congress and Citizenship Washington Focus delegate, meeting with her state representatives and senators to voice concerns of Americans in rural communities.

“She will be a great advocate for agriculture and help in ensuring the future youth are knowledgeable and accountable for agriculture,” said Laura Owen, Berrey’s school counselor in a letter of recommendation. “There is no doubt in my mind that she has a bright future ahead of her in the ag industry.”

ASA and BASF presented Berrey with awards during Commodity Classic in New Orleans.

“ASA is proud to partner with BASF to offer this opportunity and aid in the continuing education of an outstanding student and young ag advocate,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a producer from Greenwood, Del. “We are excited by Kara’s enthusiasm for agriculture and look forward to seeing the leader she becomes.”

Scholarship Requirements
  • 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.
Selection Process & Scoring
The application and selection process for 2017-2018 academic year will begin later this year in the fall season.

Recent Winners

Academic Year Recipient Name State  College 
2016-17 Kara Berrey Carrollton, Mo. Missouri State University
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