NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence

Undergraduate Scholarship in Agriculture

NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence

Undergraduate Scholarship in Agriculture

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will award five $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in any field. 


BASF is creating a program to bring the scholarship winners to one of their facilities and meet with their key staff. BASF will contact the scholarship winners in early 2020 with those program details.


Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicant must be entering at least his/her second undergraduate year at an accredited college or university.

  • Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member.

  • Employees and the families of employees of NCGA or any division of BASF or their subsidiaries are not eligible for the scholarship.

  • Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2020.

  • Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.


Application Packet Must Include:
  • Completed application

  • Current transcript from junior college, college or university

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least two must be from non-family members, and one should be from a faculty member)

  • Current resume

  • 500-word essay, limited to 1-page, on "How will YOU positively impact agriculture in your future career?"

  • 4-5 paragraphs explaining “What are the three most important issues facing agriculture today?”


Program Timeline





About BASF

BASF Crop Protection’s vision is to be the world’s leading innovator in optimizing agricultural production and improving and enhancing nutrition and the quality of life by delivering products and services that meet the needs of customers and contribute to the sustainability of agriculture. For more information on BASF please visit


About William C. Berg

The NCGA-BASF college scholarship program is named in honor of Ohio farmer William C. Berg.  A retired postal worker and farmer for more than 40 years, Bill served in various positions for both the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and the National Corn Growers Association. He tirelessly carried the agriculture message to Washington, DC year after year, where he sat face-to-face with congressmen and senators to lobby for sound agriculture policy on behalf of his fellow farmers. Bill passed away unexpectedly in 2012 and NCGA and Ohio Corn wished to honor his legacy. Program recipients can be proud to receive a scholarship honoring this staunch supporter of modern American agriculture.