ST. LOUIS — Emma Kuhns of Mason City, Illinois, is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Soy Scholarship award, sponsored by BASF and the American Soybean Association.
The scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an exceptional high school senior who excels in both academics and leadership and plans to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university.
Kuhns has been involved in FFA and 4-H for many years, currently serving as president for both her FFA and 4-H chapters. She commits time to the Illinois Pork Producers Association and American Junior Hereford Association and has been involved in various school organizations, including student council and National Honor Society.
Described as a “goal driven student,” she is recognized as being a “student who always has a plan and has used that mentality to help develop not only herself, but those around her.” Kuhns is known for encouraging other students to “think about their future and reflect upon their decisions.”
She will major in agricultural economics and pre-law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall.
Kuhns will be recognized at a regional soybean event this spring.
“ASA is proud to partner with BASF and to invest in future agricultural leaders,” ASA President Bill Gordon said. “The Soy Scholarship helps to ensure the next generation of agricultural leaders has the training, education and skills needed to move the industry forward and we look forward to Emma’s future contributions and engagement.”