Alumni Scholarships 

Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association of the School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, recognizing the need for recruiting quality students for careers in renewable natural resources management, established a scholarship fund in 1990 for the purpose of recruiting outstanding high school students into the School. The scholarship fund had meager beginnings but has grown at a steady pace. The scholarship fund is endowed at $121,917, and six $1,000 scholarships were awarded in the 2017-2018 academic year.

A provision of the Alumni Scholarship fund raising drive allowed anyone contributing $20,000 over a 5-year period the privilege of naming the scholarship. One alumnus, Mr. John W. Lehman, class of 1934, made that contribution and as a result, one of the alumni scholarships bears his name. This is a separate scholarship.

John W. “Red” Lehman Forestry Scholarship

John W. “Red” Lehman, a native of New Orleans, received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree from Louisiana State University in 1934. Following graduation from LSU, he was employed as a forester by the Tennessee Valley Authority one year after it had been established as a Federal corporation to develop and manage the water and adjacent land resources of the Tennessee Valley region.

Mr. Lehman spent his entire professional career with the TVA in the Division of Forestry. He pioneered much of the cooperative effort and policy for the management of the Valley’s forest resources. When he retired from TVA, he was Assistant Chief, Division of Forestry. He died in October 1998.

The Lehman Forestry Scholarship was established from funds which he contributed to the School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Information about all the scholarships available in the School of Renewable Natural Resources is available on the Undergraduate Scholarship page.

Laborde Award for Leadership in Renewable Natural Resources **NEW**

Presented annually in the amount of $1,000 per semester, up to $2,000, to recognize a senior who has demonstrated leadership in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. The recipient of this award shall be a full-time student in good standing. Eligible students should have completed at least 96 hours of coursework and be scheduled to graduate in the following three semesters, including summer, but no later than one year following selection. A minimum GPA of 3.25 in all college coursework is required.

The scholarship selection committee shall prioritize and give preference to students with demonstrated leadership in student organizations and activities associated or affiliated with the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Additional consideration may be given for leadership in student organizations recognized by the LSU College of Agriculture, as well as service to the broader campus or general community. The scholarship is announced each Spring and eligible students are invited to complete an application.