Scholars + Mentors = Golden Opportunities

That's an equation thaGolden Opportunity Scholars Logot makes sense. The Golden Opportunity Scholars Institute is a program of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America that matches undergraduates with scientist-mentors during the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings. The program encourages talented students to study agronomy, crop and soil sciences while cultivating networks to develop the necessary workforce to sustain the profession.

There are 114 GO Scholar Alumni. The Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) hosted a reunion for the 5th anniversary for all alumni at the 2011 Annual Meetings to encourage increased collaboration, networking and support between alumni.

Now Seeking 2015 Mentors

Apply to mentor Golden Opportunity Scholars or Greenfield Scholars. Click here to apply now. or here for more information on mentoring.

New Opportunity: Greenfield Scholars

Starting in 2014 there is a new opportunity for Golden Opportunity Scholars who intend on entering the workforce after graduation and have an interest in the Certified Crop Advisor certification. These specific GO Scholars will be call Greenfield Scholars.


Benefits of being chosen as a Golden Opportunity Scholar


Benefits of the traditional program
Benefits of being chosen as a Greenfield Scholar
  • Become part of a network of current students and alum who stand out in the fields of Agronomy, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science.
  • You are paired with a Mentor in your field of interest to help guide you through your education and beyond
  • Expenses paid to attend the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings
  • Sessions at the Annual Meetings designed specially for the GO Scholars
  • One free year of membership in the Societies



  • Greenfield scholars enjoy all the benefits listed to the left as Golden Opportunity Scholars
  • Their mentor will be a working professional and CCA from their geographic region
  • They will also attend a local meeting or conference of professional interest with their mentor




Three 2011 Scholars with Apple
Selecting Scholars
Undergraduate scholars have to go through an application process and are selected on their academic achievements and interest in agronomy, crop and soil sciences. The program provides financial support for travel, lodging, registration, and other costs related to attending the Annual Meetings. Student scholars are introduced to their mentor at the beginning of the Annual Meetings and also acknowledged at an awards program during the event.
How to Apply (pdf) -- Before applying, read this document for guidelines and helpful tips for the application. For more information, contact Emily Fuger at efuger@sciencesocieties.org or 608-268-4949.
Applications are due April 3, 2014


Contact Emily Fuger, efuger@sciencesocieties.org, 608-268-4949 

Picture of Scholar and Mentor TalkingSupporting the Program
The Golden Opportunity Scholars Institute was originally developed by CSSA as part of its 50th anniversary in 2005 and is supported by the Golden Opportunity Fund through the Agronomic Science Foundation. View Golden Opportunity Scholars Institute Committee Members: Coordinating Committee, Program Development, Scholar Selection, and Mentor Activities
Interested in supporting the Golden Opportunity Fund?
Donate online or make your check payable to ASF, 5585 Guilford Rd. Madison, WI 53711-5801, with "Golden Opportunity Fund" on the memo line. Contact Emily Fuger, efuger@sciencesocieties.org, 608-268-4949 for more information.