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LANSING, MI -- The application process is now open for the 2016-2017 academic year to submit an application for the ASA SOY Scholarship with the closing date of Nov. 23.

The 2016-17 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who is going to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association (ASA) and is made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation.

The scholarship will be presented in $2,500 increments per semester. The student must maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.

Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA board meeting. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in New Orleans between March 3-5, 2016.

BASF sponsors the winner and one parent to attend Commodity Classic to participate and receive special recognition at their booth on Thursday and the ASA Awards Banquet on the Friday night of Commodity Classic.

For scholarship requirements, selection process and scoring, recent winners and application, visit https://soygrowers.com/award-programs/soy-scholarship/.

ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA's advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary memberships by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.

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