Zach Wightman receives the Dominic Parise Scholarship check. Lee Reidy, l;Dona Crawford, r
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Zach Wightman receives the Dominic Parise Scholarship check. Lee Reidy, l;Dona Crawford, r

Zach Wightman holds the 2008 World Record for cultivating the largest blueberry; he was 12

Zach Wightman holds the 2008 World Record for cultivating the largest blueberry; he was 12

We have a Winner!

2017 Dominic Parise Scholarship Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Zachary Wightman, this year's recipient of the $500 Dominic Parise Scholarship.  Zach is a student at the State University of New York's College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill) where he is working on a Bachelor's of Technology (B.T.) degree in Plant Science. 

In addition to being the recipient of two scholarships in 2014 - from the Ulster County Farm Bureau and the Ulster County Garden Club,  Zach holds the World Record for cultivating the worlds' largest blueberry in 2008! 

On the scholarship application Zack wrote "I intend to pursue a career in the plant science industry because it's who I am as a person and it's what I love."

Congratulations Zach!  

The Dominic Parise Scholarship was established in honor of former Horticultural Assistant, Dominic Parise, who played a critical role in revitalizing the Master Gardener Program in Ulster County. The Master Gardener Program consists of a group of trained volunteers who educate and assist the community in a variety of horticulture projects.

Contact

Dona Crawford
Community Horticulture Program Coordinator
dm282@cornell.edu
(845) 340-3990 x335

Last updated May 18, 2017