St. Paul student wins $20,000 scholarship
May 28, 2013 (Norwalk Reflector - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
When Angelina Galati was doing some online research in the fall for possible scholarships, little did she know she would get it. Much less one that's a national s c h o l a r -- ship.
Galati, a St. Paul H i g h S c h o o l senior, has been honored with a $20,000 Horatio Alger Scholarship. The scholarship is named for Horatio Alger Jr., a 19th century author who is best known for his novels about boys who rise from their humble and impoverished backgrounds.
The scholarships are eligible for seniors who have "critical financial need," have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and show "perseverance and integrity in overcoming obstacles," Galati said. In general, the scholarship is for students whose parents have been incarcerated or had substance abuse issues.
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, a non-profit educational organization, "is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles," according to its website, www.horatioalger.org.
Galati found out she had been awarded one of the 100-plus national scholarships in early January.
"I was shocked. I was hoping to (reach) the state level; I never imagined I would get as far as I did," the 18-year-old student said.
"There was about 32,000 applicants and 107 were chosen for the national scholarship," Galati said. "They send the best (applications) over the national."
The recipients also earned a trip to Washington in April.
Galati's face lit up when she talked about the trip, saying the group did "a lot of fun stuff."
"My favorite part was meeting the other scholars," said Galati, whom she described as positive people.
The St. Paul student also met Clarence Thomas, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who distributed medals to the scholars.
"He talked to us about overcoming adversity. ... He was very relatable," Galati said.
Her favorite subject is science.
"I really like chemistry," she said.
Galati isn't just a great student; she's also a musician. Her main instruments are clarinet and trumpet, but she also plays saxophone and flute.
"I danced (ballet) for 12 years. I really enjoyed it," Galati said. "I do like to read, but I don't have much time to read."
In addition to the Horatio Alger Scholarship, the Norwalk Jaycees have awarded Galati a $250 grant for her college tuition.
"I plan to go into nursing. I got the science medal this (Thursday) morning," said Galati, referring to the award for the outstanding St. Paul science student.
While attending Walsh University in North Canton, Galati plans to go on mission trips -- which will be a first.
"It's small, which I think will be good for me," Galati said about Walsh. "It has a family and caring type of atmosphere."
While she hasn't decided what type of nurse she wants to be, Galati said nursing is a "flexible job," which she believes will be a good personal fit.
"It combines my love of science and it's a way to help people," she said.
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