CME Beef Industry Scholarship

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Applications Will Open October 2019 for the 2020-2021 CME Group Beef Industry Scholarships!

The Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 through Live Cattle Futures Contract on the CME Group. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation and CME Group are committed to the future of the cattle industry and continue to recognize and support outstanding youth in the beef community. The tradition remains strong today, each year a total of ten $1,500.00 scholarships are awarded to students pursuing careers in the beef industry.  

Application available in October 2019.


  • Be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled in a two- or four-year institution for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experiences.
  • Include a Letter of Intent—write a one-page letter expressing/indicating your future career goals related to the beef industry.
  • Write an original Essay—750 words or less describing an issue confronting the beef industry and offering a solution(s).
  • Provide two Letters of Recommendation—two letters of reference from current or former instructors or industry professionals.

Individual applicant or their family must be a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. For more information on membership, please click here.

Previous scholarship winners are eligible to apply.

For questions, please contact us at (303) 694-0305 or 

"The National Cattlemen's Foundation advances the future of the beef industry with passion and urgency.”

2019-20 CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship Winners 

Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Overall Winner

In addition to the $1,500 scholarship, Olivia Willrett received a trip to New Orleans, La., for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show where she was recognized at the Best of Beef Awards Breakfast. Willrett is a student at Colorado State University and originally from Illinois. Her winning essay was titled: "Tracing Beef from Farm to Fork"

Other 2019 CME Scholarship Winners

Katie Gardner
University of Arkansas

Ryan Beany
University of Florida

Grady Woodard
Kansas State University

Lauren Mosher
Iowa State University

Bailey Morrell
Colorado State University

Sydni Lieneman
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Neb

Shelby Souva
Lansing Community College

Ty Montgomery
 University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Neb

Nolan Newman
  Ohio State University