FIRST Robotics Scholarship – Louisiana State University

For several years the LSU College of Engineering has been involved with FIRST by hosting FIRST kickoff and launch events, providing robotics mentors to FIRST K12 teams, and enrolling numerous FIRST alumni in our degree programs… and now we are excited to strengthen our ties to FIRST students even more by launching our own FIRST Scholarship opportunity for incoming students entering in the fall 2019 term!

The LSU College of Engineering has many opportunities for students to engage in hands-on design both in and out of the classroom, and there are several opportunities that might be especially exciting for FIRST students.

First, there are 11 degree programs spanning almost every type of engineering field from Biological Engineering to Computer Science to Petroleum Engineering. So, whatever your specific interest, you’ll be able to find a way to pursue it here at LSU. Thinking about specifically going into robotics, though? LSU offers a robotics minor that pairs well with any of our majors, but is especially popular with students in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering.

FIRST students can also look forward to continuing to work with FIRST by mentoring K12 teams, helping to host launch events, and even by taking part in the Robot in 3 Days challenge. Here’s a video highlighting our students experience with the Robot in 3 Days challenge last year.

Graduating LSU senior in Mechanical Engineering April Gaydos has done all that and more during her time at LSU, and she credits much of her success to her experiences with FIRST:

“My decision to be a part of FIRST was the most impactful decision of my life. This program not only designed my path for my career, but it also designed a path for my life. FIRST robotics is how I obtained my full time job offer for when I graduate, my position as Robotics Chair for the Society of Peer Mentors, and my role as FIRST Senior Mentor for Louisiana.” –April Gaydos

And finally, there are also a few other ways to get involved in robotics here at the College like joining the Bengal Reauxbotics student organization and/or entering a robot in the Bengal Bot Brawl. Is there anything more exciting that watching robots battle it out, gladiator-style?

For all of these reasons and more, FIRST students are encouraged to submit an application for the LSU College of Engineering FIRST Scholarship by the February 1, 2019 deadline. Click here to learn more about the scholarship and the application process.

Want to learn more about the LSU College of Engineering FIRST Scholarship or the opportunities here at LSU? Contact Andy Osborn at