WASHINGTON - The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is announcing an ongoing initiative to strengthen the future of the beef industry. Together with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the CME Group, ten $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the beef industry. The 2012-2013 Beef Industry Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled at two-year or four-year institutions for the 2012-2013 school year.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experiences. Fields of study for potential scholarship recipients may include education, communications, production, research or other areas related to the beef industry. Interim Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Cattlemen’s Foundation John Lacey said the scholarship program is aimed at helping future industry leaders.

 “The Beef Industry Scholarships will help ensure a bright future for deserving students and for the beef industry in the United States,” Lacey said. “Investing in future industry leaders through contributions toward their continuing education is an important way to develop our industry and our young people.”

 All submissions for the 2012-2013 Beef Industry Scholarship must be postmarked or received via email or fax by December 9, 2011. To download the scholarship application online visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org. To have an application sent to you or for more information contact Barb Wilkinson at bwilkinson@beef.org or ncf@beef.org.