Ohioans recognized with national scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BASF, in partnership with industry-leading commodity associations, awarded academic scholarships to 12 passionate and motivated agriculture students. Along with the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Sorghum Producers (NSP), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), BASF presented the scholarships to recipients during a ceremony at the 2017Clare Sollars from Fayette County and Matthew Klopfenstein from Paulding County received scholarships from BASF and the American Soybean Association and the National Wheat Foundation at Commodity Classic.Commodity Classic tradeshow in San Antonio.“These students have shown a commitment to the future of our industry through their enthusiasm for learning and desire for sustainable agriculture,” said Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing, U.S. Crop, BASF. “The growth of agriculture starts with promising students like these, and we look forward to seeing their impact.”BASF and ASA presented the 11th ASA Soy Scholarship to Clare Sollars of Washington Court House. The Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an exceptional high school senior who thrives in both academics and in leadership roles. Students must also plan to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university to receive the Soy Scholarship. Clare will pursue a bachelor’s degree in food engineering at  The Ohio State University’s College of Agriculture and College of Engineering.“Right now I am valedictorian of my class. I’m involved with FFA and 4-H and I play volleyball and swim. I am from Fayette County and I grew up on my family’s grain farm,” Sollars said. “We grow corn wheat and soybeans and that is where I got my passion for agriculture.”The Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship aids both high school and college students with a track record of success and motivation inside and outside the classroom, and who are dedicated to a career in agriculture. The late Jerry Minore was a BASF Senior Market Manager and a liaison to the wheat industry. Since his unexpected death in 2012, BASF has partnered with NWF to fund scholarships and honor his advocacy efforts for wheat growers. This year, the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship committee awarded four students, including Matthew Klopfenstein of Haviland, Ohio — a sophomore student at The Ohio State University in Columbus pursuing a degree in biological and agricultural engineering. He is a former Ohio FFA president.“I am specializing in power machinery systems,” Klopfenstein said. “One day I hope to work for an ag equipment manufacturer. I grew up on a family farm with corn soybeans and wheat and we do some forage production as well. I was really involved in FFA and 4-H.”last_img read more