LNLFSR Scholarship Winners – 2021

Congratulations to these students, and we expect to see these scholarships help them with their
education and leadership development that will eventually lead them down a career path that
will benefit the Green Industry. Thank you!

Kelsey Shoemaker - Foret / Meadows / Owings Scholarship
Kelsey is a native of Alexandria, LA. She graduated from Lakeview High School in Campti, LA in 2017, and is currently a senior majoring in Agricultural Business with a concentration in Plant Science at Louisiana Tech University. Kelsey was introduced to agriculture during her FFA career and found her love of plants through working on a Nursery/Landscape team that won the Louisiana FFA state competition and 7th place at the national competition. At Louisiana Tech, beyond a wonderful GPA, Kelsey relates plant science theories to practical applications and has participated in landscape designs and maintenance projects, including working as the student groundkeeper at the university President’s home. Through taking on tough challenges, Kelsey has gained hands-on experience in landscaping, teamwork, and demonstrated leadership. Kelsey will continue her journey in the field of plant science and with the nursery and landscape industry. She was the recipient of last year's LNLFSR Ira Nelson Scholarship.

Kristopher Criscione - Margie Jenkins Scholarship Winner
Kristopher is from New Jersey and graduated from the State University of New York of Cobleskill. He is pursuing a M.S. degree in plant and soil systems (horticulture) at LSU. His major professor is Jeb Fields where they are working in the area of soil substrates at the Hammond Research Station. In addition to being this year’s recipient of the debuting Margie Jenkins Scholarship, Kris was the 2020 Dr. James and Faye Foret Scholarship Award from the Southern Nursery Association. He is also a Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research Scholarship winner. 

Kaylee Deynzer - Ira Nelson Scholarship Winner
Kaylee is a graduate of Dutchtown High School in Ascension Parish and completed her B.S. degree at LSU in 2019. She is working on a M.S. degree in plant and soil systems (horticulture) at LSU with Dr. Kathryn Fontenot. Kaylee was the recipient of many undergraduate scholarships at LSU. She is involved with hemp production research (plant spacing, varieties and optimum germination temperatures).

Isabella Frank
Isabella is a Baton Rouge native. She graduated form McKinley High Scholl in 2016 and then graduated from Baton Rouge Community College before coming to LSU to pursue her B.S. degree in plant and soil systems (horticultural science). She has a 3.27 GPA.  Isabella works as a student worker at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and is an active member of the LSU Horticulture Club.

Lakshmi Dasari
Lakshmi was born in India and completed here M.S. degree in urban forestry at Southern University in 2018. She is current a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Forestry at Southern. Her advisor is Dr. Yadong Qi and their work includes urban tree canopy modeling for reduction of temperature and humidity. Lakshmi has a 3.4 GPA. She is a member of Beta Kappa Chi and is a National Scientific Honor Society member. 

Samuel des Bordes
Samuel is a M.S. graduate student in the School of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences at LSU. He graduated from Dutchtown High School in Ascension Parish in 2016 and completed his B.S. degree in horticultural science at LSU in 2020. He is now working at LSU with Dr. Heather Kirk-Ballard. Samuel is a member of the Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society.