Crop Science and Horticultural
Undergraduate students in crop science and horticultural science majors in the Agricultural Institute will be the beneficiaries of two new scholarships announced by The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. at N.C. State University.
Dr. Paul Henry Harvey has given $30,000 to endow a scholarship for undergraduates in crop science. The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. will manage the scholarship fund.
The merit-based Paul Henry Harvey Scholarship was established to express Harvey's love and appreciation for students and N.C. State.
Harvey's research accomplishments are among the key factors in the success of hybrid corn in the United States. He was a pioneer and early innovator in corn breeding, especially in corn hybrids and open-pollinated varieties for North Carolina and the Southeast.
A native of St. Paul, Neb., Harvey graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1934 and earned his doctoral degree from Iowa State University in 1938. He then joined the faculty at N.C. State, where in 1956 he was awarded the title of William Neal Reynolds Professor. That year he became the founding head of the department of crop science. In 1975, Harvey was appointed professor emeritus. Until 1982 he served part-time in N.C. State's department of crop science and with the U.S. Department of Agricultures's National Corn Priorities Study.
During his almost two decades as department head, Harvey made getting information to growers a priority. He also supervised a number of master's and doctoral candidates.
A grandson's love and respect for his grandfather has prompted Steve Gaito of Raleigh to establish the Ralph J. Glasnapp Horticultural Science Scholarship with a $15,000 gift to be managed by the N.C. Agricultural Foundation.
Agricultural Institute undergraduates who are majoring in horticultural science with an emphasis on floriculture or ornamentals and landscape technology will be given priority when the merit-based scholarships are awarded.
Glassnapp was a farmer who traveled North Carolina selling fruits and vegetables. Although not a graduate of N.C. State, Glassnapp took great pride in his workers who went on to school at the university. His daughter, Lynn G. Gaito, followed in her father's footsteps as a perennial grower. A graduate of the Agricultural Institute, she has been a nursery owner and manager.
Gaito has created this endowment to honor his grandfather and to recognize the Agricultural Institute and the department of horticultural science, which helped his mother, Lynn Gaito, in her career.
— Alexandra Mordecai