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2017 Scholarship Winner - V. Galatolo


Vincent Galatolo

Seneca, SC


Member Organization: Mac Papers


I am currently a rising senior in the 2017 horticulture program at Clemson University. Horticulture has been my greatest passion since I can remember and has driven my goals directly or indirectly my entire life. My studies at Clemson are helping me to reach my potential in the field of horticulture. It is providing me with the education and the expertise to be an invaluable asset to horticultural research projects or industry internships. My ability to think outside of the box and push myself to new limits is essential to my success in my horticulture degree program. Through hard work and perseverance, I have made the Dean’s List every semester since I have been at Clemson. I have never let a challenge obstruct my goals or limit my opportunities. Imaginative innovation in the face of an overwhelming challenge creates new dynamic solutions that reshape how we view and approach horticulture. Drawing from this principle, I created and implemented the first integrated vermicomposting system at Winding Hill Stables, Long Island New York during my 2016 summer internship. The system I designed mitigates the excessive amounts of horse manure inundating the stables while creating an economically and ecologically viable source of organic worm castings used for fertilizer.

Since I have been young I have believed that we all have a responsibility to give back and help others. I have worked on humanitarian projects all over the country with Americorps, through which my leadership, hard work, and dedication has given me the honor of receiving one of Americas highest humanitarian awards, the Congressional Medal of Civil Merit.

This scholarship will help me pay my tuition for my senior year. I will have to spend less time working in order to pay my tuition and will be able to focus my efforts on classes and school work. This extra time will enable me to make deans list or presidents during my senior year.

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