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ASA, BASF Award Ohio Student with 2017 Soy Scholarship

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ASA President Ron Moore (left) presents Clare Sollars (right) with the 2017 Soy Scholarship during the annual awards banquet. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy

Clare Sollars, of Washington Court House, Ohio, is the recipient of the 2017-18 Soy Scholarship award, sponsored by BASF and the American Soybean Association (ASA).

The scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an exceptional high school senior who excels in both academics and in leadership roles and plans to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university.

Sollars is a 4.0 honor student, who maintains a number one ranking in her class, while participating in sports, choir, student government, FFA , 4-H and more. She not only participates in, but leads in these activities. Along the way she’s gained numerous awards, recognitions and has been described as a “person of high character with a tremendous amount of potential.”

When she’s not busy with school, extra-curricular activities or volunteering, Sollars helps out on her family farm—operating the tractor mower, loading out grain trucks and managing general maintenance for their aquaculture barn.

Sollars will pursue a bachelor’s degree in food engineering at The Ohio State University’s College of Agriculture and College of Engineering.

BASF and ASA presented the 11th ASA Soy Scholarship to Sollars last week in San Antonio, Texas during Commodity Classic, ASA’s annual tradeshow and convention.

“Through ASA’s partnership with BASF, we’ve been able to invest in young leaders within the agriculture industry for more than a decade,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, “Clare’s compassion for the world’s growing need for available, nutritious food, as well as her academic background, will give her the tools she needs to help advance the industry.”

The application process for the Soy Scholarship 2018-19 academic year begins in the fall of 2017.

Scholarship Requirements
  • Applicant is a HS Senior with a GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale.
  • Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a current state affiliate and ASA member. Student’s parent or grandparent must remain a current member throughout the tenure of the student’s scholarship. Only one award per household for the duration of the life of the scholarship will be awarded.
  • 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.
  • Current high school transcript must be submitted. High school transcript can be official or unofficial but must show high school GPA scale.
  • Applicant must submit most recent ACT and/or SAT standardized test score.
  • Applicant must complete an essay of 500 words or less on this subject: “What role will I play in the future of agriculture?”
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation. One from an authority figure dealing directly with the student’s academic progress such as HS Guidance Counselor, Ag teacher, 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.
  • Applicant must achieve a college GPA of 2.5 or higher 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
  • Applicants fill out an online application available on ASA’s website between Sept. 12 through Nov. 21, 2016.
  • Eligible applicants will be scored by the below stated percentages.
  • Scholarship winner will be selected in early December by a committee of our Board Members and the winner will be notified thereafter.
  • The official public announcement of the winner will be made at Commodity Classic in San Antonio 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)

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