Scholars + Mentors = Golden Opportunities
That's an equation that 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 fo all alumni at the 2011 Annual Meetings to encourage increased collaboration, networking and support between alumni.
New Opportunity: Greenfield Scholars
Starting in 2014 there will be 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
Congratulations to the 2013 class of Scholars
Jeana D. Bane, University of Missouri
Jordan Beehler, Oklahoma State University
Matthew K. Caldwell, University of Missouri
Ansilta Zulima De Luca-Westrate, North Carolina State University
Emily Elizabeth Delorean, Colorado State University
Chris Dermody, Texas A&M University
Garth Wilson Duncan, University of Missouri
Carley Fuller, University of Florida
Loren V. Goodrich, University of Illinois
Michael Hannewald, Ohio State University
John Charles Kuhn, Washington State University
Sarah Le'Jeune, Western Illinois University
Lily Niknami, Colorado State University
Katharine Elizabeth Parker, Western Illinois University
Nicholas (Nick) Carl Peterson University of Minnesota
Morgan Riley, Southeast Missouri State University
Austin Gentry Scott, University of Tennessee-Martin
Touyee Thao, California State University-Fresno
Benjamin Thomas Trampe, University of Nebraska
Stephanie Verhoff, Ohio State University
Zane Thomas Walker, Brigham Young University - Rexburg, ID
Dustin Guy Wilkerson, University of Missouri
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 email@example.com
Applications are due April 3, 2014
Supporting the Program
Interested in supporting the Golden Opportunity Fund?
or make your check payable to ASF, 5585 Guilford Rd. Madison, WI 53711-5801, with "Golden Opportunity Fund" on the memo line. Contact Alexander Barton, firstname.lastname@example.org
, 608-273-8095 for more information.