For Immediate Release June 1, 2013 Contacts: John Cunningham (410)-366-8343 Sonja Helman: email@example.com California Student Wins $5,000 Vegetarian Scholarship The Vegetarian Resource Group is proud to present Greta Lorenz with a $5,000 college scholarship for her exceptional vegan activism on behalf of animals and the environment. After viewing the film "Peaceable Kingdom" Greta decided to go vegan for ethical reasons. Since then she has been such an incredible advocate that she was nicknamed "Vegan" in high school. By her senior year of high school Greta has already had an incredible positive impact in her local community. She is a passionate and kindhearted vegan activist, encouraging "kindness on the plate" and leading by example. For several years Greta has been volunteering with H.O.P.E. and the Downtown Women's Shelter. She has dedicated countless hours of her life doing community service and cooking healthy meals for her local homeless community. Some of her favorite dishes to serve at the shelters include baked cauliflower with soy cheese and mashed potatoes with vegan butter. At the annual Veggie Parade, Greta has recruited her friends to march with her as she dons a carrot costume. In addition, she petitioned enthusiastically for the Farm Animal Confinement Act in California. Just as she was entering high school, Greta was awarded an Environmental Stewardship grant for her research regarding the ecological impact of animal agriculture, which she presented to her student body. Following the award, she was asked to be her school's representative in the U.S. Green Schools Fellows program. In addition to her work with the homeless in Los Angeles, Greta has spent some time in southern India where she worked at an Ashram cooking healthy vegetarian meals for large numbers of people. Through this experience she has learned various new recipes and how to prepare delicious vegan and vegetarian food in less than perfect conditions. She shares her knowledge of vegan cooking with her friends and family. She has taught many of her friends how to cook vegan and due to her positive influence, her parents adopted vegan lifestyles. Greta has demonstrated a deep sense of compassion and responsibility in her community involvement and vegan advocacy. She has every intention of continuing her vegan outreach throughout her college years at the University of California, Los Angeles and beyond. It is clear that she is going to make the world a better place. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about vegetarianism. VRG publishes the quarterly Vegetarian Journal, and also offers a book called Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman and Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D. Simply Vegan contains over 160 recipes that can be prepared quickly. It also includes meal plans for vegans and an extensive vegan nutrition section. To order the newly released 5th edition, send $16 to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203, go to [ http://www.vrg.org/catalog ], or call (410) 366-8343 Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM. VRG sponsors two annual $5,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their communities. Next year's deadline is February 20, 2014. For more information on the scholarship, visit [ http://www.vrg.org ]. A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish, or fowl. A vegan is a vegetarian who does not use other animal products such as eggs and dairy. For more information on starting a vegetarian diet, visit The Vegetarian Resource Group at [ http://www.vrg.org ] or write to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.