The Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand awarded $21,000 to seven university students through its Colvin Scholarship Fund, in recognition of their leadership and achievement at the community and beef industry levels.
Developed in 1999 upon the retirement of Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, the Fund evokes the CAB co-founder and 21-year CEO’s role in making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best.
2013 Undergraduate Colvin Scholarship Awards:
$5,000 – Paige Wallace, Stotts City, Mo. – Oklahoma State University
$4,000 – Mollie Lastovica, Fredericksburg, Texas – Texas A&M University
$3,000 – Malorie Bankhead, Livermore, Calif. – California Polytechnic State University
$2,000 – Kassandra Pfeiffer, Orlando, Okla. – Oklahoma State University
$1,000 – Reagan Kays, Weir, Kan. - Kansas State University
2013 Graduate Colvin Scholarship Awards:
$5,000 – Bryan Bernhard, Stillwater, Okla. – Oklahoma State University
$1,000 – discretionary award to Dustin Mohrhauser, Hartford, S.D. – South Dakota State University
The undergraduates had to demonstrate commitment through the pursuit of a meat science, food science, animal science, marketing, business, communications or a related degree, and through activities and curriculum. They were also asked to name the biggest challenges facing the beef industry in the next 10 years, and what can be done to meet them.
Paige Wallace, top award winner, drew upon her family’s cow-calf operation in southwest Missouri in naming drought, public perception of the beef industry and land availability as the obstacles. She said science holds the key to overcoming many of those.
The Oklahoma State University (OSU) junior wrote, “As technology increases and farmers continue to strive for success, I am confident in beef production sustainability.”
Wallace, an agricultural communications major, holds broadcasting positions with “The Angus Report” and “Oklahoma Horizon.” She said her passion for that field will lead her to explore such career opportunities while raising the show cattle that helped shape her upbringing.
Texas A&M senior and $4,000 Colvin Scholarship winner Mollie Lastovica cited an “information gap” that can only be filled with education. Even as marketers try to build demand with niche labels, consumers may not understand differences between “organic,” “natural” or “grass-fed” without industry efforts. The double major in agricultural journalism and political science already does her part with professional roles for the Texas Brangus Association, the International Red Brangus Breeders Association and her family’s Lastovica Angus Farm.