Licensed Angus Beef awards $81,500 to record-breaking 23 recipients

The Colvin Scholarship Fund helps the following era of leaders in agriculture who’re devoting their research and careers to creating the meat trade higher. This yr, 23 college students have been awarded $81,500 by the Colvin Scholarship Fund.  

Every recipient strives for a profession in manufacturing agriculture, trade analysis or an agricultural pursuit that influences the meat enterprise. The scholars acknowledged for this scholarship are carrying the legacy of the Licensed Angus Beef (CAB) model’s co-founder and govt director for 22 years, Louis “Mick” Colvin. 

The 24-year-old fund has now reached 144 college students with $500,000 in scholarships. 

The recipients acknowledged are influence leaders who’ve a robust dedication and keenness for the meat trade.   

“We’re so impressed by them as a result of they’ve proven a real, servant management coronary heart,” Danielle Matter says, CAB director of brand name expertise and training. “They would be the trade’s subsequent movers and shakers by impacting on many tiers from agricultural communication to meat science to manufacturing agriculture. And we get to help all of it.”  

The highest recipients in every class have been awarded $7,500 with extra scholarships recognizing instructional benefit and neighborhood involvement for manufacturing agriculture, undergraduate and graduate college students. The 2023 recipients embody:  

Manufacturing Agriculture awards: 

  • $7,500 – Lizzie Schafer – Butler Neighborhood School  

  • $5,000 – Karlee Sailer – Dickinson State College 

  • $4,000 – Tucker Huseman – West Texas A&M College 

  • $3,000 – Justina Slim – Colorado State College  

  • $2,000 – Tanner Mickey – College of Illinois  

  • $2,000 – Audrey Tarochione – Kansas State College  

  • $2,000 – Will Hauerland – West Texas A&M College  

Graduate awards: 

  • $7,500 – Lindsey Decker – Kansas State College  

  • $5,000 – Keayla Harr – Oklahoma State College 

  • $4,000 – Megan Eckhardt – West Texas A&M College 

  • $3,000 – Anna Scott – Oklahoma State College  

  • $2,000 – Anna Kobza – College of Nebraska Lincoln 

  • $2,000 – Jade Edwards – Oklahoma State College  

Undergraduate awards: 

  • $7,500 – Ava Perrier – Kansas State College  

  • $5,000 – Bailee Schiefelbein – Oklahoma State College  

  • $4,000 – Madison Bemisderfer – The Pennsylvania State College 

  • $3,000 – Clay Pelton – Kansas State College 

  • $2,500 – Alexis Lake – Oklahoma State College  

  • $2,500 – Nikki Keeton – Texas Tech College  

  • $2,000 – Amelia Miller – Texas A&M College  

  • $2,000 – Katelyn Engel – College of Illinois Urbana-Champaign  

  • $2,000 – Chloe Hamaker – West Texas A&M College 

  • $2,000 – James Ulmer – Clemson College  

All candidates have been requested how they might try to higher serve the meat trade. They every expressed their desired position to develop the model’s fame by their training and research. 

Influenced by 15 years within the beef trade is high graduate scholarship winner, Lindsey Decker. The Kansas State College pupil focuses on thawing strategies in meat science analysis. She needed to see the impact on the consuming high quality of steaks after varied thawing strategies.  

“This examine gives data to permit purchasers of frozen beef merchandise to acquire the very best general consuming expertise, in flip persevering with to create a excessive demand for beef,” Decker says. 

Decker graduates in Dec. 2023 to then additional her training in acquiring a Ph.D. at Texas Tech College. Her objective? To coach college students by her analysis in meat science and the meat trade. 

Ava Perrier, high undergraduate scholarship winner and pupil at Kansas State College, additionally shares the same ardour. She expressed how relating with beef manufacturing is a vital communication and advertising instrument.  

“I actually imagine the Licensed Angus Beef program and its producers are heading in the right direction,” Perrier says. “Sharing function tales and movies of households who increase Licensed Angus Beef is an important a part of constructing beef demand. Customers need to have the ability to relate to the folks elevating their meals, so exhibiting components of ranchers’ actual lives is likely one of the greatest issues to share on social media.” 

Lizzie Schafer, high manufacturing agriculture recipient, was three years outdated when she took her very first steps within the livestock trade. After that, she’s had immense involvement and a life ardour for the manufacturing agriculture trade.  

After learning animal science and agricultural communication at Butler Neighborhood School, Schafer has large plans to take her household farm to the following degree. 

 “I hope to come back again to the household farm and proceed my household legacy, proceed creating meals for the rising inhabitants and develop Farm Household Meats into a company,” Schafer says. “Whereas farming and operating my enterprise, I plan to showcase what I do each day by promotional movies, encouraging articles and each day social media posts. By changing into a author and broadcaster throughout the agriculture trade, I hope to advertise the devoted farmers and ranchers who work onerous to feed households across the globe.” 

Prime award winners obtain an all-expense-paid journey to the CAB Annual Convention. Recipients get the chance to community with leaders within the beef trade and share their story.  

The biggest fundraisers for this fund are auctions and a golf match held on the model’s Annual Convention in September. Beneficiant donation efforts from companions assist the model’s rising contributions to the Colvin Scholarship Fund.  

“That is all credited to our companions and committee members,” Matter says. “It’s humbling to see how everybody concerned selected this to be close to and expensive to their hearts.”  

Tim Hussman, a Colvin Scholarship Fund committee member, was the primary full time worker that Colvin employed on the model. After retiring in 2018 as president of the specialty meat division for Sysco, he now serves on the Colvin Scholarship Fund choice committee.  

Hussman shares his pleasure for the optimistic affect this fund has on the following era of beef trade leaders. 

“Within the spirit of Mick Colvin, I hope this scholarship continues to develop,” he says. “I believe that is just the start and we have been actually excited to see the extent of expertise and curiosity. The extra we are able to develop, the extra college students can profit from the scholarship. I’m pleased to present again and produce extra younger folks into the trade.”