Richard L. Bengtson Endowed Scholarship

Angela Singleton, Thomas, Daniel L.  |  6/2/2006 12:14:13 AM

Richard L. Bengtson

Richard L. Bengtson was born in 1942 in Clinton, Iowa.  He grew up on a cattle ranch in Lander, Wyoming.  He attended the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, where he received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1966; the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, where he received his M.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1967; and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering in 1980.  He received a commission in the U.S. Army Field Artillery from ROTC in January 1966 and he served in the United States Army as a Captain from 1967 to 1976.  Bengtson served in Vietnam from August 1968 to August 1969. Then he served with the Combat Developments Command from August 1970 to August 1972. He also served in Germany with the Field Artillery from August 1972 to May 1976 as an Intelligence Officer and a Battery Commander.

In 1980, Dr. Bengtson was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Louisiana State University. In 1983 he was promoted to Associate Professor and then in 1989 to Full Professor. He is the undergraduate coordinator for the biological engineering curriculum. He has also served as interim department head. Dr. Bengtson has received numerous awards and recognitions. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the Louisiana Section of ASAE, American Society of Engineering Education, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Richard Bengtson, a Louisiana Registered Professional Engineer, has been named Most Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Agriculture by the LSU Student Government Association in 1989.  He was also named for the Outstanding In-Class Teaching Ability Award for the LSU College of Agriculture in 1989, 1990, and 1991.  Bengtson has been bestowed the Teaching Award of Merit in recognition of meritorious efforts in college teaching by the National Association of Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture for 1989, named to Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Merit Honor Roll in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2005, and named regional finalist for the 1994 and 1995 CSREES National Teaching Award in Food and Agricultural Sciences.  In January 1995, he received the First Mississippi Corporation Award for significant accomplishments in Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station research over the past 5 years.  Named to Outstanding Academic Counselor at LSU for 1995. Awarded the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Certificate of Merit for 1995. Awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “Excellence in Environment Research for 1996”. Recognized by the Engineering Council of LSU as the Outstanding Professor of the Year 1997-1998. Received the Louisiana Engineering Foundation’s Engineering Faculty Professionalism Award for 1999. Received College of Agriculture 1999 Sedberry Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Received the Honorary State FFA Degree in recognition for outstanding service to the Louisiana FFA Association on June 9, 1999. Received LSU Distinguished Faculty Award for 2000. Louisiana Section of ASAE Engineer of the Year 2001. And Dr. Bengtson was most recently named the Edward McLaughlin Professor for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction.

Richard and Jean Lee were married June 27, 1970, and have two children Robert and Rhonda.

The Richard L. Bengtson Endowed Scholarship is given annually (February) and selection is based on a minimum GPA of 3.0, a full-time student and the recipient must be a U.S. citizen.  Financial need is a consideration.  Contact your undergraduate advisor for an application.

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