Apply now for beef scholarships

A little extra effort in the next few weeks could make a big difference in college expenses next year for students who aim to make a difference in the beef industry.

It’s time again for Colvin Scholarship Fund applications, so that five undergraduates can win $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000, plus $6,000 for a graduate student in 2016.

The annual awards from the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand started in 1999 to carry on the legacy of Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, co-founder and executive director for 22 years.

College juniors and seniors who have shown a commitment to the beef industry through coursework and related activities should submit an application before the Dec. 7, 2015, deadline. These will be evaluated on activities, academic achievements, communication skills and reference letters.

“The committee thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to hear from members of the millennial generation who care so much about the beef industry,” says Christy Johnson, director of advertising and promotion for the brand and chair of the selection committee.

“The scholarships provide an opportunity to support those who share the passion that Mick exemplifies,” she adds.

A graduate-level scholarship will be awarded to a full-time masters or doctoral student conducting applied research related to high-quality beef production. The deadline for that application is January 18, 2016.

This September in San Antonio, Texas, the Mick Colvin Scholarship Gold Classic was sponsored by G&C Food Distributors/Palmer Food Services. Along with the Fund’s live auction support from Sysco Corporation, Del Monte, Cargill Meat Solutions, Sierra Meat Company, Hometown Hospitality and Caribbean Trading Company, a record $100,000 was raised for future beef community leaders.

Top undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2016 CAB Annual Conference, Sept. 22-24 in Tucson, Ariz., where they can interact with current leaders in the beef community.

“I am incredibly thankful to be involved in an industry that understands the importance of investing in the future and our youth,” says Maci Lienemann, Princeton, Neb. “Receiving the Colvin Scholarship in 2014 helped me to begin to actualize my dream to pursue academic and career goal, being involved in scientific research in the beef industry.”

Scholarship winners will be announced in February 2016 for applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the beef industry through the pursuit of a meat science, food science, animal science, marketing, business, communications, journalism or other related degree.

The Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the world’s leading brand of fresh beef, whose 17,000 partners worldwide sell nearly 900 million pounds annually. For more details, interested students should visit