The Colvin Scholarship Fund has grown to award higher cash amounts to deserving students. Offered by the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, the annual awards recognize Louis M. “Mick” Colvin’s dedication to making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best.

After Colvin retired as executive director in 1999, the brand established the scholarship fund to carry on his legacy and passion for the future of the beef industry.

For 2015, $20,000 will be split among five undergraduate awards in the amounts of $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

College juniors and seniors who have shown a commitment to the beef industry through coursework and industry-related activities are encouraged to submit an application before the Dec. 8, 2014, deadline. These will be evaluated on activities, scholastic achievement, communication skills and reference letters.

A $6,000 graduate-level scholarship will also 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 Jan. 12, 2015.

Each of the six awards are $1,000 higher for the coming year, to keep pace with rising education costs, and thanks to the generosity of partners in the program. As funds for the scholarship have continued to grow, so have the level of applicants.

“I can’t say enough good things about the quality of past winners,” says Colvin, who co-founded CAB in 1978 and served as chief officer for 22 years. “These scholarship winners go back into the beef industry and really add value long-term.”

The top undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 CAB Annual Conference, Sept. 24 -26, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. The graduate winner will present their research project on some aspect of high-quality beef production and meat science.  

“At the graduate level, the presentations are excellent,” Colvin says. “We’re looking for a candidate who is going to be the next industry leader and have a big impact on beef production. The quality of their presentations is really good and benefits the industry.”

Scholarship winners will be announced in February 2015 for those applicants demonstrating a commitment to the beef industry through the pursuit of a meat science, food science, animal science, marketing, business, communications, journalism or other degree related to the beef industry.

The Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the world’s leading brand of fresh beef, whose 17,000 partners worldwide sell more than 880 million pounds annually. The scholarships benefit tomorrow’s leaders who are involved in their communities and the beef industry.

For more details, interested students should visit www.certifiedangusbeef.com/press/colvin.