Scholarship Spotlights

Colt Hardee

Colt Hardee

Hometown: Kaplan, Louisiana

Major: Agricultural Business

Scholarship: Dean's Award Scholarship and Deep South Equipment Dealers Scholarships

 How does this scholarship help you?

This scholarship will most definitely help aid my educational career at LSU. Whether it be fees, school supplies, or room and board, I will make sure that this money goes toward my education. I am thankful to the scholarship donors for having the kindness in their heart to help kids like me afford a college education. Without donors, several kids wouldn't be able to attain the degree that they seek.

What are your career goals?

After attaining my bachelor's degree, I plan to either go to grad school or enter the workforce immediately. I ultimately would love to own my own business but first I must work for another employer to enhance my capital and business knowledge.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am involved with Leading Edge, CTK Catholic Church, Ag mentoring program Agbusiness Club, Agricultural Student Association and Geaux Big.

Kayla Benton

Kayla Benton 

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Major: Animal Sciences

Scholarship: Dean's Award Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

This scholarship will be a financial stepping stone towards a bright future ahead of me.

What are your career goals?

I plan to work as hard as I can in undergraduate school in order to be able to make it into LSU's veterinary school for graduates. Along the way, I will make as many connections as I can so that I am able to show not only the school, but outside businesses, that I am more than capable of exceeding their expectations, whatever they may be. After graduating from veterinary school, I will then go on to get a job at the best possible location that is willing to allow me to work for them. But overall, my ultimate goal is to own a veterinary hospital or clinic of my own.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

Pre-Vet Club,  Animal Care for a Cause, BSU, NAACP, MANRRS, Campus Outreach 808, STRIPES Leader, Bengal Bound Leader, College of AG Mentor

Brooklyn HamptonBrooklyn Hampton

Hometown: Natchitoches, Louisiana

Major: Plant and Soil Systems

Scholarship: Dean's Award and Governor School Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

This scholarship will help me continue my education and get me one step closer to graduating from LSU and making my dreams come true.

What are your career goals?

My overall career goal is to provide legal representation for large agricultural corporations in order to create better relationships between producers and consumers. There are many misleading statements that consumers hear about the agricultural industry which portrays an inaccurate image of who agriculturists are. I would like to use my career to show a more positive and united image of the agricultural industry.

 What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

 I am currently a member of the horticulture club and the Cajun club. I have also recently been selected to serve as a 2019-  2020 Les Voyager. I am also active in on campus events such as football games, basketball games, Blake res-life events, etc.

olivia lapayudeOlivia Lapuyade

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

Major: Texiles, Apparel, and Merchandising 

Scholarship: Joseph L. and Estell W. Smilie Memorial Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you

On my way to success, scholarships like this one are key to fulfilling my overall goals as well as my daily work in the classroom. I will remember this award throughout the year, and let it drive my passion and studies.

What are your career goals?

After graduation, I intend to use my Apparel Design degree and Business minor to open my own store. I have always been in love with sustainable fashion, and so I would open a consignment store that also features local designs. I would of course include my own designs as well.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

Student Government Assistant Director of Freshman Leadership Council, Fashion Association Executive Board Secretary, Assistant Director of Campus Affairs and Sustainability, Freshman Leadership Council Small Group Member and Leader.

Wyatt HodgesWyatt Hodges

Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana 

Major: Agricultural Business

Scholarship: Deep South Equipment Dealers Association Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

This scholarship helps me with my financial need. I will be able to devote more time to my academics and focus on my school work.

What are your career goals?

I hope to raise high-quality cattle on a ranch that I plan to establish on my grandparents’ land in Texas. I think my Agricultural Business degree would provide me with a great foundation for this endeavor.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am treasurer of the Agricultural Business Club.

Colette Pansini

Collette Pansini 

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Major: Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Scholarship: Dean's Award Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

This scholarship will help me afford text books and other necessary supplies for my classes. As an RNR major, supplies such as field guides are essential in the classroom. 

What are your career goals?

After graduation I plan on working a few seasonal technician jobs across the U.S. to gain more experience and project management skills. After a few years, I plan on returning to school to obtain a master's degree. My ultimate goal is to work for a state wildlife agency or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

 I am the co-chair for the Tiger Chapter of Ducks Unlimited where I volunteer my time raising money for wetlands conservation &  educating my peers about wetlands and the important roles they have in our society and environment.