Patrick McLoughlin ’16 was one of 17 students nationwide awarded scholarships from the American Floral Endowment. The senior Plant Sciences major received the Long Island Flower Growers Association (LIFGA) Scholarship.
McLoughlin is interested in the application of tissue culture for ornamental production, specifically in Impatiens. He plans to start his own business in the future. “I would also like to use local farmers to start a hops breeding program to find novel forms of disease resistance to mildew,” McLoughlin said.
The LIFGA Scholarship was established in 2010. LIFGA members represent growers and retailers promoting research, education and sales of ornamentals in the local market. The scholarship is intended for students in the Long Island/New York area studying ornamental horticulture at a community college or a four-year institution.