Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Golden Opportunity Scholars LogoThe Golden Opportunity (GO) Scholars Institute celebrated its 5-year Anniversary in 2012. The Institute has been in place since 2006 and there have been many GO Scholars who are still involved with agricultural sciences in one way or another. Here are some fun facts about the Institute that you might not know:
92 Total Scholars and Alumni
56 Total Mentors
11 Now work with an agri-business (12%)
69 Are still in school (75%)
50 Have current memberships with the ASA, CSSA, SSSA (54%)
To commemorate the 5-year Anniversary, the Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) conducting an outreach campaign that encouraged alumni, current scholars and mentors to make the trip to the 2011 International Annual Meetings of the ASA, CSSA, SSSA in San Antonio this past October. The focus was on collaboration so that each scholar and mentor could utilize each others connections for career networking purposes. Some of the enticements that were used to gather this group included travel vouchers for alumni, full expense reimbursement for 2010 and 2011 scholars as well as hosting a big party!
On the first night of the Annual Meetings the ASF held a reception so alumni could get to know each other. There were over 100 guests at the reception which ended up lasting more than an hour. A good time was had by all who enjoyed the southwestern cuisine and refreshments.


The ASF also hosted a luncheon that was also well attended by more than 100 guests who were VIPs from major corporations, government agencies and universities including Monsanto, the National Science Foundation and more.

Students and Mentor at 5th Anniversary Reception

 During the luncheon, the current group of scholars debated hot topics and fielded questions from the audience which helped showcase their talents. The success of this activity definitely helped to further the position of the GO Scholars Institute as a strong entity for talent development in agronomy, crop and soil sciences.

The goal of the program is to increase the enrollment of students into agronomy, crop or soil science-related programs at the college and university level where they will eventually become the next generation of leaders in the profession. If you are interested in getting involved as a scholar or mentor, please contact Rachel Leege, Manager of Student and Early Career Programs at or 608-268-4949.