Nigerian Student Wins $100K Environmental Prize
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It all satrted one sunny day when Cornelius Adewale bent down at the end of a row of Italian parsley growing on the University of Washington’s urban farm and gathered a handful of dirt.
He squeezed his fist tight, then opened his hand. The deep brown soil formed a ball in his palm — the kind of rich, healthy soil he hopes to help farmers nurture in his home country of Nigeria.
Six years ago, Adewale moved to Pullman with $6,000 in his pocket — money he’d earned from the vegetable harvest at his farm in southwest Nigeria. It was just enough to pay for the first semester of classes in organic agriculture at Washington State University.
Six years later, Adewale is a Ph.D. candidate at WSU and a member of the board of directors of Washington’s Tilth Alliance.
In late October, he accepted the Seattle Bullitt Foundation’s annual environmental prize — a $100,000 award for graduate students pursuing leadership positions within the environmental field.