Twenty-five young men and women have been awarded scholarships sponsored by the CME Group in honor of the 25th year of the scholarship program and the 50th anniversary of the Live Cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Each scholarship provides $1,000 to outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the beef industry.
The overall scholarship winner, Garret Kays of Weir, Kan., was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, where he will be recognized during the Best of Beef Breakfast program.
"This scholarship program is an investment to the future of our industry and its future leaders," said Scott George, NCBA president. "We are proud to have this lasting partnership with CME Group and to offer $25,000 this year for these students to advance their careers in the beef industry."
CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Commodities & Alternative Investments Tim Andriesen expressed the importance of risk management to the beef industry, which was the subject of the applicants' essays this year. According to Andriesen, the beef scholarship also enables talented young people committed to the beef industry to pursue their careers.
"Over the last 25 years, this scholarship program has enabled us to invest in the next generation of our nation's food producers," said Andriesen. "NCBA remains a critical partner in advancing risk management education to future beef industry leaders."
Each applicant must have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experiences, as well as have written an essay describing a risk confronting the beef industry with their solution to managing that risk.
The additional 24 scholarship recipients are listed below.