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Each year the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Colvin Fund gives away thousands in scholarship dollars to students looking to make a difference in the beef community.

The annual Colvin Scholarship awards recognize Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, co-founder and executive director of the CAB brand for 21 years. After he retired in 1999, CAB established the fund to carry on his legacy of making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best.

Undergraduates can win $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000, and $6,000 for a graduate student in 2017.

College juniors and seniors who have shown commitment to the beef industry, either through coursework or activities, are encouraged to apply by the Dec. 12 deadline. These will be evaluated on activities, academic achievements, communication skills and reference letters.

“We enjoy hearing from the students and getting to see the beef business from their perspective,” says Christy Johnson, CAB director of advertising and chair of the selection committee. “It’s evidence that we’ve got some very enthusiastic young professionals who will be joining our field.”

The graduate level scholarship will be awarded to a full-time masters or doctoral student conducting research related to high-quality beef. Applications for that award are due Jan. 16, 2017.

The top undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients will win an all-expense-paid trip to the 2017 CAB Annual Conference, Sept. 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn., to interact with leaders across the production, packing, retail and foodservice sectors.

“I am so incredibly honored,” says Shelby Schiefelbein, Kimball, Minn., winner of last year’s top undergraduate award, “to receive a scholarship honoring the man who has created the most successful branding program in the world.

“Mick Colvin has made it clear that the future of the beef industry is bright with hard work and determination,” she adds. “I am excited to be a part of it.”

Schiefelbein, who developed her industry passion growing up on the family’s Angus farm, is a senior in animal science with a minor in business and certificate in meat science at Texas A&M University.

The scholarship winners will be announced in February 2017 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.

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