13 December 2011

Vegetarian Resource Group looking for veggie teens for scholarships

Are you the only one of your friends to consistently order a Subway sandwich without the meat? Have you spent countless nights at home making vegan brownies while the rest of your friends chowed down on Big Macs? Forward thinking teenagers who embrace a veggie lifestyle can now get paid to go to college and spread the good word. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group, an online presence which promotes a plant based lifestyle, will give a cool $10K each year to students who prove they have lived and promoted a veggie way of life in high school.

Two awards of $5K each will be given to two different students graduating in the spring of 2012. Applicants must fill out basic information and submit an essay which addresses 16 points of being a vegetarian to be considered. Students must also submit a high school transcript or report cards for the past two years plus three recommendations and a document they’ve created showing their community activity (flyer, brochure, photos, newspaper stories, etc.)

The Vegetarian Resource Group defines “vegetarian” as someone who “does not eat meat, fish or fowl.” Dairy products are not mentioned. Applicants will be judged on “having shown compassion, courage and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian lifestyle,” according to the group. Payment will be sent directly to the winner’s college (United States only) and names will be released to the media after the awards are granted.

Interested teenagers can either download a PDF of the application online or send a neatly typed document containing the information needed to: vrg@vrg.org. Snail mail address for paper applications: P.O. box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Go to: www.vrg.org for more information and the application.

Kathryn Lorusso | O'Neill 365 | Twitter
Kathryn is a former journalist and English teacher who now counsels and mediates teenage drama on a daily basis in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex. Time away from school is spent cooking up new macrobiotic/vegan specialties, writing various blogs and newsletters and taking as many bikram yoga classes as possible.

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