About the Scholarship

CME Beef Industry Scholarship – (10) $1,500 Undergraduate Scholarships

The Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 through Live Cattle Futures Contract of 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.

Fields of study may include: education, communications, production, research or any other area involved with the beef industry. The purpose of this program is to identify and encourage talented and thoughtful students who will emerge as industry leaders.  

Conditions of Eligibility

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • 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.

Scholarship applications open October 1, 2019. Check back at that time for the online applications.

2019 CME Scholarship Recipients

2019 Convention Photography
Olivia Willrett

Olivia Willrett

Overall Winner

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"

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

Shelby Souva

Lansing Community College

Ty Montgomery

University of Nebraska

Nolan Newman

Ohio State University

Past Recipients

2018

Abbey Schiefelbein, Kansas State University (Overall Winner)

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 Kansas

2017

Taylre Sitz, Montana State University (Overall Winner)

Thor Burnside, Fort Hays 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

Case Hendrix, Texas Tech University (Overall Winner)

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

Laura Gorecki of Farewell, Neb. (Overall Winner)

Jessica Beer, Texas A&M University

Sierra Jepson, The Ohio State University

Kacey Koester, North Dakota State University

Jenna Lansing, Iowa State University

Kierra Leddy, South Dakota State University

Maci Lienemann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Patrick Linnell, Colorado State University

Katie Miller, Blackhawk College

Kate Schaffer, Redlands Community College

2014

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

Garrett Kays, Kansas State University (Overall Winner)

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

Reagan Kays, Kansas State University (Overall Winner)

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