Scholarship to benefit children of LSU AgCenter employees


When Steve Linscombe retired in September 2017, he didn’t want a retirement gift for himself. The longtime LSU AgCenter rice breeder was thinking bigger.

“We discussed retirement gift options, and I wanted to do something that could help people down the road,” Linscombe said.

For his retirement gift, Linscombe requested donations to a scholarship aimed at helping children of AgCenter employees who enroll in the LSU College of Agriculture.

“I had a good career with the AgCenter, and I know how people struggle to put their kids through college, so I thought this would help,” he said.

Linscombe spent 35 years at the LSU AgCenter and served as the director of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. He is considered one of the top rice breeders in the world.

Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture, said this gift will benefit the people he worked alongside.

“He dedicated his life to building one of the best rice breeding programs, and his legacy will live on in our state and now with our students,” Richardson said.

Linscombe also is contributing to the scholarship so it can become endowed.

“I wanted to make in perpetuity,” he said.

The scholarship gives preference to children of AgCenter employees, but Linscombe said he set it up so if in years there are no students who meet that criteria, they can still award the scholarship to another deserving student.
Following retirement, Linscombe became the executive director of the USA Rice Foundation and leads the foundation’s Rice Leadership Program, which Linscombe went through earlier in his career. He said the program has helped develop many of the leaders in today’s rice industry.

Writer: Tobie Blanchard