The National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) are offering $30,000 in scholarship monies to college students pursuing careers in the beef industry. The 2005 CME Beef Industry Scholarship program will award 20 students each a $1,500 scholarship. The top winner will also receive an all expense paid trip to the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 2-5.

Students applying for the scholarship may pursue careers in agricultural education, communications, production, research, or any area involved with the beef industry. To be eligible, a student must: 1) be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a four-year institution for the entire 2005-2006 academic year; 2) write a brief letter expressing future career goals in the beef industry; 3) write a 750-word essay describing an issue confronting the beef industry and offer a solution; 4) obtain two letters of reference from current or former professor or industry professionals; 5) prepare a cover sheet to include name, current mailing address and phone number, e-mail, school name, year in school, permanent mailing address and phone number; and 6) submit materials in a single envelope to: Chairman Bob Josserand, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, 9110 E. Nichols Ave., Centennial, CO 80112.

Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity of expression, persuasiveness, originality, accuracy, relevance of topic and the solutions offered. Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 28. Winners will be announced at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in February.

For a scholarship brochure, go to www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org or contact Sue Dolph at 303/694-0305 or sdolph@beef.org.

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