Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program


Supporting Academic Achievement

Each year, the Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) awards a $10,000 academic scholarship to one graduate-level student conducting research for the benefit of the potato industry. The winner is selected based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, leadership abilities, potato-related areas of graduate study, benefit to the U.S. potato industry/commercial value, extracurricular activities, and grades.


2020-2021 Scholarship winner

Potato LEAF congratulates Jeewan Pandey, a third-year graduate student Texas A&M University’s Department of Horticultural Sciences, as the recipient of its 2020-2021 Academic Scholarship. The $10,000 award is provided annually to a graduate student with a strong interest in research that can directly benefit the potato industry.

As a Ph.D. candidate and graduate research and teaching assistant, Jeewan's research involves the application of DNA-based markers in potato breeding to speed up the development of new varieties that would require fewer pesticide applications. He is also conducting genetic diversity studies and genome-wide association studies with the final goal of accelerating selection using genomics-enabled approaches.

“I’m so excited and grateful to be a Potato LEAF award recipient! This award will be incredibly beneficial in helping me move forward with my career aspirations of obtaining a Ph.D. degree in plant breeding,” said Jeewan. “After this, I want to apply my knowledge and skills to contribute towards the education of new professionals, the generation of scientific knowledge, and contribute towards the advancement of the agricultural industry.”

According to Dr. M. Isabel Vales, Associate Professor of Potato Breeding and Genetics, who is overseeing Jeewan's Ph.D. research project, Jeewan is an ideal candidate for the scholarship. In his letter of recommendation, Dr. Vales wrote that Jeewan “is an excellent student and researcher. He has excellent communication skills, initiative, and leadership. In my opinion, he is on the right path to becoming an outstanding professional and a leader.”

Jeewan is an active leader on campus, recently serving on student-led committee that organized the Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium (2019 and 2020). He also serves as Vice-President of the Horticulture Graduate Council at Texas A&M, and Graduate and Professional Student Government Senator. He is a member of the Potato Association of America, the American Society of Horticultural Sciences, and the National Plant Breeders’ Association.

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Previous Winners:

2019

  1. Sofia Giron, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2018

  1. Kirk Amundson, University of California - Davis 

2017

  1. Adrienne Gorny, Cornell University

2016

  1. Justin Clements, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2015

  1.  Shunping Ding, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 2014         

  1. Washington Luis da Silva, Cornell University

2013 

  1. Rhett Spear, Washington State University

2012 

  1. Michael Hardigan, Michigan State University

2011

  1. Anders Schmidt Huseth, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2010

  1. Yu Chen, University of Wisconsin

2009

  1. Jacob M. Blauer. Washington State University

2008-2009

  1. Leah McCann, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. Maria Del Pilar Marquez-Villavicencio, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  3. Jason Cavatorta, Cornell University

2007-2008

  1. Magnifique Nzaramba, Texas A&M University
  2. Daniel Justin Gerhardt, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2006-2007

  1. Per Hilding McCord, North Carolina State University
  2. Sarah Ann Rosenthal, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2005-2006

  1. Lavanya Reddivari, Texas A&M University
  2. Thomas Reed Bowen, University of Idaho

2004-2005

  1. Ioana Dinu, University of Minnesota
  2. Donna Henderson, University of Idaho

2003-2004

  1. Ryon Ottoman, Oregon State University
  2. Jeff Pack, University of Florida

2002-2003

  1. Ryan Hayes, University of Minnesota
  2. Mark Pavek, Washington State University

2001-2002

  1. Anna Hale, Texas A&M University
  2. Megan Carrazana, University of California-Davis

2000-2001

  1. Jane Choi, Washington
  2. Andy Hornbacher, Idaho

1999-2000

  1. Christine Armer, Oregon
  2. Chris Gunter, Wisconsin

1998-1999

  1. Joseph Kuhl, Wisconsin
  2. Silvia Fernandez, Maine