Golden Opportunity Scholars


The ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Golden Opportunity Scholars Institute will match undergraduate students with society professionals during the international Annual Meetings. This exciting professional development program is aimed at strengthening the agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental science professions by encouraging students to enroll in related programs, with the intent of having them become the next generation of leaders in the profession. The program is supported by Golden Opportunity Fund through the Agronomic Science Foundation. Students from across the U.S. and the world will be selected. Student scholars will receive financial support for travel, lodging, registration, and other costs related to attend the Annual Meetings.

This award is open to students currently enrolled in associate or bachelor degree programs.



If you have any questions about submission, please contact Rachel Leege at 608-268-4949.

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 - 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Apr 5, 2017 - 4:00 PM CDT
1 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM CDT


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  1. Former recipients of this Award are not eligible.


  1. Members of this Awards Selection Committee and the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Board of Directors are not eligible to be a reference for this award.



  1. Citizenship country
  2. Current School
  3. Mailing Address
  4. Current Advisor and email address
  5. Major
  6. Minor
    Enter "none" if no minor.
  7. Expected Graduation Date
  8. Credit Hours Completed
    Please include credit hours currently in progress.
  9. GPA
  10. Scholar Biographical Information
    Include honors, awards, and scholarships received community and campus activities, research and employment experience, and membership in ASA, CSSA and SSSA, or other societies. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
  11. Career Goals
    Outline the possible career(s) you wish to pursue and what types of careers interest you. (Character Limit, including spaces: 4500)
  12. Educational Plans
    Outline your educational plans including any intention you may have to attend graduate school and the research areas that appeal to you, why they interest you, and how you intend to pursue them. (Character Limit, including spaces: 4500)
  13. What are your primary reasons for seeking a mentor, and how do you see your mentor helping you?
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 1500)
  14. Is there any additional information you wish to share with the selection committee?
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 500)
  15. What is the top thing you hope to gain from your relationship with your mentor?
    This and the following fields will not be considered when choosing scholars - only after scholars have been selected. This information will be shared with potential mentors as well and the mentor selection committee. Try to share the kind of information that would help your ideal mentor to see that you would be a good fit for each other.
  16. What field would you prefer that your mentor work in?
  17. Would you prefer a mentor who works in:
    Mark all that apply.
  18. Would you prefer a mentor who is
  19. Other requests you would like considered when looking for your mentor.
    Try to share the kind of information that would help your ideal mentor to see that you would be a good fit for each other.