CME Beef Industry Scholarship

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Applications Will Open October 2018 for the 2018-2019 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.  

CLICK HERE to apply -- Deadline is Friday, November 9 at 12:00 midnight Central Time


  • Be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled in a two- or four-year institution for the 2019-2020 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.”

2018-19 CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship Winners 

Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2018 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, Abbey Schiefelbein received a trip to Phoenix, Ariz., for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show where she was recognized at the Best of Beef Awards Breakfast. Schiefelbein is a high school senior that currently resides in Kimball, Minn., and wrote her winning essay titled: "The Importance of Transparency."


Other 2018 CME Scholarship Winners

Brooke Berendsen
Montana State University

Mason Bishop
Clarendon College

Sydney Bowman
High School Senior
Fort Lupton, CO

Lucas Brock
University of Georgia

Ryan Callahan
Oklahoma State University

Bridger Gordon
High School Senior
Whitewood, SD

Cale Hinrichsen
  Oklahoma State University  

Ty Montgomery
  Oklahoma State University  

Morgan Scilacci
  Kansas State University