Park Scholar a Finalists for South Africa Summer Program

January 27, 2011
By Minnie Bridgers
Vinnie Feucht studied abroad in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy of Vinnie Feucht)

Vinnie Feucht studied abroad in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy of Vinnie Feucht)

NC State Park Scholar Vinnie Feucht ’11 is one of 26 finalist for a $6,000 scholarship to participate in a summer program in South Africa.

The Innovation Institute Scholarship, a part of the nonprofit organization ThinkImpact, helps students learn social entrepreneurship in rural Africa by developing sustainable products and services.

Feucht, a senior majoring in English with a minor in Spanish, interned last summer at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro. The research farm studies large- and small-scale sustainable farming systems.

“Sustainability is crucial to everything we do. ThinkImpact focuses on sustainability as a method for approaching poverty alleviation. I would like to do the same with homelessness. Moreover, I believe sustainability is a value that everyone must learn to embrace. Sustainability should be a central theme in every person’s lifestyle design,” Feucht said Thursday.

After graduation, Feucht wants to join the Peace Corps and help communities with sustainable agriculture development.

One scholarship recipient will be chosen from the finalists through a voting process. You can vote for Feucht by visiting the ThinkImpact website at www.thinkimpact.org. Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31.

To read more about the scholarship and Feucht’s ambitious, check out the Technician.

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