The National Cattlemen's Foundation is now accepting applications for 2016-17 beef industry scholarships sponsored by the CME Group.
Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.
The CME Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Live Cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
It recognizes and encourages talented students who will one day be industry leaders. Students studying education, communication, production, research or other areas related to the beef industry should consider applying for the scholarship.
"The CME Beef Industry Scholarship enables us to invest in the next generation of our nation's food producers, while helping them understand the importance of risk management to the beef industry," said CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Commodities Tim Andriesen.
"For more than 25 years, NCBA has been a key partner in advancing risk management education to future beef industry leaders through this important scholarship program," Andriesen said.
Applicants for the 2016-17 scholarship will be required to write a one-page letter expressing future career goals related to the beef industry. They also must write a 750-word essay describing an issue in the beef industry and offering solutions to this problem.
Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two or four-year college.
Applications should be submitted by October 30, 2015 and sent to National Cattlemen's Foundation, 9110 E. Nichols Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, CO 80112.
The winning recipients will be announced during the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 27-29, 2016.