Past Recipients

2018 Scholarship Recipients

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 was a high school senior that resided in Kimball, Minn., and wrote her winning essay titled: "The Importance of Transparency."


Other 2018 CME Scholarship Winners

Brooke Berendsen
Montana State University
Montana

Mason Bishop
Clarendon College
Texas

Sydney Bowman
High School Senior
Fort Lupton, CO

Lucas Brock
University of Georgia
Georgia

Ryan Callahan
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma

Bridger Gordon
High School Senior
Whitewood, SD

Cale Hinrichsen
  Oklahoma State University  
Oklahoma

Ty Montgomery
  Oklahoma State University  
Oklahoma

Morgan Scilacci
  Kansas State University  
Kansas

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Overall Winner

In addition to the $1,500 scholarship, Taylre Sitz received a trip to Nashville, Tenn., for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show where she was recognized at the Best of Beef Awards Breakfast. Sitz attended Montana State University where she pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, as well as a minor in Business Administration. 

Other 2017 CME Scholarship Winners

Thor Burnside
 Fort Hay State University 

Cole Grisham
 West Texas A&M University 

Emily Ivey
Lake Land College

Dan Johnson
Kansas State University

Abby Marion
University of Florida

Garrett Nichols
Iowa State University

Shelby Schiefelbein
  Texas A&M University  

Madison Slaven
  Virginia Tech  

Rachel Waggie
  Kansas State University  

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Overall Winner

In addition to the $1,500 scholarship, Case Hendrix received a trip to San Diego, Calif., for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show where she was recognized at the Best of Beef Awards Breakfast. Hendrix had plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall to study Agriculture Education with aspirations to continue breeding and raising quality cattle.

Other 2016 CME Scholarship Winners

Denton Diggs
University of Missouri

Sierra Jepson
The Ohio State University

Kacey Koester
North Dakota State University

Abby Marion
University of Florida

Garrett Nichols
Iowa State University

Michael Olson
Kansas State University

Lena Sanchez
New Mexico State University

Will Schaffer
  Oklahoma State University

Alexis Stickland
University of Florida

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. 

The overall essay winner, Laura Gorecki of Farewell, Neb., was also awarded a trip to the convention in San Antonio. Other 2015 CME Scholarship winners were:

Jessica Beer, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Sierra Jepson, The Ohio State University, Amanda, OH
Kacey Koester, North Dakota State University, Steele, ND
Jenna Lansing, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Kierra Leddy, South Dakota State University, Stockholm, SD
Maci Lienemann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Princeton, NE
Patrick Linnell, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Katie Miller, Blackhawk College, Cambridge, IL
Kate Schaffer, Redlands Community College, Carthage, MO

2014 Scholarship Recipients 

In honor of the 25th anniversary, 25 outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship provided by the CME Group and the National Cattlemen's Foundation. 

The overall scholarship winner, Garrett Kays, a student at Kansas State University, was awarded an all expense paid trip to the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, TN. 

Jessica Beer - Texas A&M University  
Julie Choate - Missouri State University
Samantha Dailey - University of Florida
Kelly Garrett - Texas A&M University
Kaylyn Groce - Oklahoma State University
Kyle Herbrand - The University of WI - Platteville
Sarah Anne Johnson - Ohio State University
Jenna Lansing - Iowa State University
Valene Lickley - Colorado State University
Maci Lienemann - University of Nebraska
Chandler Mulvaney - Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Elizabeth Nixon - Butler Community College
Taylor Ohlde - Hutchinson Community College
Kim Rounds - Colorado State University
Shelby Schiefelbein - Texas A&M University
Madeline Schultz - South Dakota State University
Andrew Simon - Louisiana State University
Courtney Souva - Michigan State University
Cassie Spear - Colorado State University
Jessica Spear - Colorado State Univeristy
Renae Tokach - Kansas State University
Katelyn Vincent - Kansas State University 
Aaron Weaver - Abraham Baldwim Agr. College
Evan Woodbury - Kansas State University

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Ten outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry have each been awarded a $1,500 scholarship provided by the CME Group and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. The CME Group has sponsored this scholarship program for 24 years. Each scholarship winner wrote a 750-word essay that identified key issues confronting the beef industry, and suggested possible ways of dealing with those issues.

The overall scholarship winner, Reagan Kays, a student at Kansas State University, was awarded an all expense paid trip to the 2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Tampa, Florida where he was recognized during the Celebration of Excellence – Best of Beef Breakfast on Feburay 6.  

 The other nine recipients are:  
 Katelyn Vincent -- Kansas State University
 Lindsay Rae Upperman – Butler Community College, Kansas
 Troy Spencer Highsmith – Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia
 Evan Manuel Woodbury – Kansas State University
 Walker B. Milhoan – University of Montana
 Katelin Young – University of Idaho
 Taylor Paige Harms – Kansas State University
 Tell Runyan – Oklahoma State University
 Morgan Tomson – South Decatur High School, Indiana 

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