More than $25,000 in scholarships is available to college students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF), each of 20 students will be awarded $1,250 via the NCF's 13th annual CME Beef Industry Scholarship Program now underway. One student will also receive the top prize of an expense paid trip to the 2003 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, TN, Jan. 29 - Feb. 1.

Requirements include:

  • Being enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in a four-year institution for the entire 2003/2004 academic year.

  • Writing a brief letter expressing or indicating future career goals related to the beef industry.

  • Writing an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue confronting the beef industry and offer a solution.

  • Submitting two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.

  • Preparing a cover sheet to include: name, complete current mailing address and phone number, school name, year in school, permanent mailing address and phone number.

Submit materials, postmarked no later than Nov. 27, to Don Butler, National Cattlemen's Foundation, 9110 E. Nichols Ave., Ste 300, Centennial, CO 80112. More information is available at under the quick links and then scholarship information, or call Audrey Potts at 303/850-3317.