2024-2025 CME Beef Scholarship
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Thanks to the generous support the CME Group, ten (10) scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to outstanding undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in the beef industry. Fields of study may include education, communications, production, research or other areas related to the beef industry. The purpose of this program is to identify and encourage talented and thoughtful students who will emerge as industry leaders.

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation will administer the program and choose a panel of judges to review the essays and select the winners. Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, grammar, clarity of expression, accuracy, relevance of topic and the solutions offered. Judges decisions are final. The CME Group and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation reserve the right to publish all or any part of the essays submitted.

Deadline to submit application and essay is Friday, November 10 at 12:00 midnight Central Time.

DO NOT wait until the last day to submit as your letters of recommendation may be late if you do!


  • Be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled in a two- or four-year institution for the 2024-2025 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 Essay750 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.

Previous scholarship winners are eligible to apply.


  • Essay – 70%
  • Letter of Intent – 20%
  • References – 10%