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 220 GO Scholar Alumni, including the GO Scholar Class of 2017.  In addition, there are 20 Greenfield Scholar Alumni.

Learn more about mentoring.


New Opportunity: Greenfield Scholars

This year marked the 4th class of Greenfield Scholars, who intend on entering the workforce after graduation and have an interest in the Certified Crop Advisor certification. These specific GO Scholars participate in a very similar program with a few specialized benefits.


Benefits of being chosen as a Golden Opportunity Scholar


Golden Opportunity Scholar Benefits
Greenfield Scholar Benefits
  • Become part of a network of current students and alumni who stand out in the fields of Agronomy, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science.
  • Be paired with a Mentor in your field of interest to help guide you through your education and beyond
  • All expenses paid to attend the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting
  • Participate in Sessions at the Annual Meetings designed specially for the GO Scholars
  • One free year of membership in the Societies
  • 2-4 Scholars from each class will be selected and  invited to attend Congressional Visits Day the following spring with all expenses paid



  • Enjoy all the benefits listed to the left as Golden Opportunity Scholars
  • Network with a mentor who will be a working professional and CCA from within geographic region
  • Attend a local meeting or conference of professional interest with their mentor
  • All Greenfield Scholars will be invited to attend Congressional Visits Day the following spring with all expenses paid




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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.
 For more information, contact Rachel Leege at rleege@sciencesocieties.orgor 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 Rachel Leege, rleege@sciencesocieties.org, 608-268-4949 for more information.