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Outstanding students awarded CME Beef Industry Scholarships

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Feb. 6, 2015) – Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen's Foundation. The overall essay winner, Laura Gorecki of Farewell, Neb., was also awarded a trip to the convention in San Antonio.

The CME Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Live Cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It recognizes and encourages talented students who will one day be industry leaders.

"The CME Beef Industry Scholarship enables us to invest in the next generation of our nation's food producers, while helping them understand the importance of risk management to the beef industry," said Tim Andriesen, CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Commodities. "For more than 25 years, NCBA has been a key partner in advancing risk management education to future beef industry leaders through this important scholarship program."

Essay winner Gorecki is a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Animal Science and Business with minors in Agricultural Leadership and Communication as well as Leadership and Entrepreneurship. She grew up on a cow-calf operation and was involved with 4-H and FFA. Her essay was on using our voices to reach consumers through technologies such as Facebook and Twitter. In the future, Gorecki hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare.

Other 2015 CME Scholarship winners:

Jessica Beer

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Both National Cattlemen's Foundation and the CME Group have missions that stress commitment to the future of the cattle industry and continued recognition and support of outstanding youth in the beef community.

–NCBA