Hannah Sollecito of Baldwinsville is the 2009 recipient of the Glenn Coursey Agriculture Scholarship awarded by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
One college student per year from the U. S. or Canada is selected for this prestigious honor, awarded to a student of agriculture, on the basis of academic achievement and leadership activities.
Nominated by Rebekah Lodge #606 of Center Lisle, Sollecito's essays supporting her research were critical to the application. A junior at Cornell University, she is majoring in international agriculture and rural development with a minor in inequality studies and a concentration in French.
As a Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, Sollecito lived in Yaounde, Cameroon during summer 2009 to continue her research in African women's issues conducting interviews in French.
Sollecito poses in a Yaounde (Africa) marketplace with local produce and egg vendors.