Scholarship Spotlights

sydney mcginnis

Sydney McGinnis

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Major: Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising

Scholarship: Dean's Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

Receiving College of Agriculture Dean's Scholarship removes some of the financial strain that comes along with pursuing a degree. Instead of being anxious about how my tuition is going to be paid, I am able to focus more on my studies and finish my journey, as a Tiger at LSU, strong.

What are your career goals?

After completing my freshman year out-of-state and taking a quick break from school to re-evaluate, I was determined to earn my degree and do so in-state. I came to LSU because no other institution within Louisiana provided a degree in textile science. Furthermore, LSU is close to my hometown yet far enough away that I am gaining necessary experience of learning how to live on my own. I also have family members in Baton Rouge that act as a great support system when needed.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am a member of two clubs on-campus: Fashion Association at LSU and Believers at LSU. I also volunteer at the LSU Textile and Costume Museum, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  Lastly, I am able to serve as a leader within the LSU community through my role as a residential assistant for East Campus Apartments. 

avery hebert

Avery Hebert 

Hometown: Erath, Louisiana

Major: Agricultural Business

Scholarship: LA Division of American Sugarcane Technologist Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

Receiving this scholarship aids me and my family tremendously in continuing my dream of attending Louisiana State University. This scholarship greatly lessens my financial burden, so I can focus on creating a successful collegiate career at LSU. As a scholarship recipient, I will strive to represent the ideals of the LSU College of Agriculture in all aspects of my life. I want to be an example of a true leader in my school, community, country, and world. 

What are your career goals?

After graduation, I plan on attending law school to become an attorney in the agricultural industry specializing in labor law. I plan to one day open my own firm, establish a name for myself, and build a lasting legacy. I’m a very righteous, strong-willed, and honest young woman, so being an attorney will suit me well. I’ve always felt a desire to make sure things are right and just in this world. Academically and career-wise, I strive to be a trailblazer. I want to be an inspiration to those around me, not just during my time at LSU, but for the rest of my life.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am a member of the Agribusiness Club, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at LSU, Pro-Life Club at LSU ,Christ the King’s  Catholic Student Center, Les Voyageur, as well as the Assistant Director of Student Entertainment in the Executive Branch of Student Government.

cassie pritchard

Cassie Pritchard

Hometown: Denham Springs, Louisiana

Major: Nutrition and Food Sciences

Scholarship: Mary Owens Day Memorial Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

This scholarship awarded to me will help me with my career at LSU because such an award only teaches me to be grateful for gifts and opportunities like this. Now I have additional accountability on my side to work diligently and hard for my education, and I am grateful for that motivation and responsibility.

What are your career goals?

After graduation, I plan on starting my career in Public Health. I hope to be specifically working with the Department of Education on school meals and the nutrition content of those meals. Young children are our future, and I want to be apart of their growth by making sure they are eating fun, nutritious foods that will also inspire them to continue eating food that empowers them and their community.

 What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am involved with The Wesley, 225 Volunteer, and The Student Dietetic Association. I was also given a great position within the College of Ag to get more involved with my peers by becoming a Peer Mentor.

andie rhoden

Andie Rhoden

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

Major: Nutrition and Food Sciences

Scholarship: Sibyl and Joseph Dore Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you

This scholarship will help me in my career at LSU because it will ease the burden I have on my student loan debt. It will lift a weight off of my shoulders and help me focus on my studies rather than the financial burden school is causing me.

What are your career goals?

"My future career goal after graduation is to get into a dietetic internship program so that I can take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam and become a certified RD. I also want to further my education by getting a master's in either nutrition or exercise physiology.

After becoming an RD I want to help young athletes become healthier and faster/better in their sport. I want them to be the best athlete they can be, and I know I can help them achieve that through nutrition. My goal is to be a sports nutritionist for elite high school athletes who need to lose or gain weight, or also have eating disorders. My goal is to work at the Ochsner Sports Medicine Center in the New Orleans area where athletes can come to me for any needs that they may have."

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

LSU Performance Nutrition Intern, Baton Rouge Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (BRAND) Intern
Student Nutrition & Dietetics Association (SNDA) Secretary and BRAND Liaison chair, Pi Beta Phi Sorority

katie mestayer

Katie Mestayer

Hometown: Zachary, Louisiana

Major: Plant and Soil Systems

Scholarship: LA Division of American Sugarcane Technologist Scholarship

How does this scholarship help you?

This scholarship will greatly help my career at LSU by taking financial stresses off of my shoulders. Any bit of financial help is greatly appreciated. Living on my own this year, I am facing a different level of financial responsibility. Receiving this scholarship for a second year from the Louisiana Division of American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists means the world to me. Knowing that my education is valued inspires me to push harder throughout my time here and to make the difference that I know I am capable of.

What are your career goals?

After graduation I hope to be accepted into graduate school to pursue a masters degree and then doctorate degree in weed and pest management. In the future I hope to work in research at an LSU AgCenter research station to continue to enhance the future of agriculture, assisting growers with new and advanced techniques to feed our growing world.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am a founding officer in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club on campus where I serve as club secretary. I have also been recently elected to student government college council for the College of Agriculture as well as the Agriculture Student Association where I also serve as secretary.