BASF, the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association announced six scholarship winners at the 2008 Commodity Classic held in Nashville.
The scholarships support future leaders of the ag industry who are pursuing studies at colleges across the country. They were made available to the children or grandchildren of ASA and NCGA members and are funded by BASF.
Laura Stevens, a high school senior in Falls City, Nebr., won the "Kip Cullers" SOY scholarship and will receive $5,000. She is planning to double major in agronomy and ag journalism at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"I'm very excited about beginning my ag studies next year and this scholarship will certainly be greatly appreciated by my family and me," she says.
The SOY scholarship is named in honor of world soybean yield champion Kip Cullers of Purdy, Mo. In 2007 Cullers set a new world record for soybean production with a yield of 154.74 bu. per acre, topping his previous record of 139.39 bu. per acre set in 2006.
Stevens was chosen from among 40 applicants for her excellent grades, ACT score and leadership activities.
NCGA awarded five $1,000 scholarships from among 80 applicants. Winners include Jason Buss, Illinois; Lauren Schlosser, Missouri; James Seitzer, Minnesota; Catie Simpson, Colorado; and Josh Yoder, Ohio.
Speaking for the winners, Simpson, a graduate student at Colorado State University, says, "I was extremely flattered and honored by the ag community when I heard I won the scholarship. As a graduate student, there aren't a lot of scholarships that I'm eligible for. This is near and dear to my heart to be recognized by BASF and NCGA with this scholarship."
BASF will continue the partnership with ASA and NCGA next year. Scholarship applications will be available for members on both the organizations' websites starting this fall.