Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2018.

Deadline is FEBRUARY 20, 2019.

We will accept applications postmarked on or before FEBRUARY 20, 2019. Early submission is encouraged.

Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Payment will be made to the student's college (U.S. based only). Winners of the scholarships give permission to release their names to the media. Applications and essays become property of The Vegetarian Resource Group. We may ask finalists for more information. Scholarship winners are contacted by e-mail or telephone. Please look at your e-mail.

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Please click here to download a PDF of the application. However, applicants are not required to use an application form. A neatly typed document containing the information below will also be accepted as a valid application.

Please send application and attachments to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. For more information call (410) 366-8343 or email

I. When applying, please include the following:

(Use additional paper if necessary.)

  • Name:
  • Street address:
  • City, State, Zip:
  • Email address:
  • Phone number:
  • Date of birth:
  • Date of expected graduation from high school:
  • Grade average in high school:
  • College(s) applied/accepted to (if known):
  • Anticipated major in college:
  • Parents' or Guardians' names:
  • Parents' or Guardians' addresses:
  • City, State, Zip:
  • High school principal:
  • Name of one high school teacher:
  • Name of high school:
  • Address of high school:
  • City, State, Zip:
  • People in the vegetarian movement, if any, who know you (Please include contact information):
  • Extracurricular activities (please describe):
  • Favorite subjects in school:
  • How did you hear about the scholarship?

II. Please submit an essay addressing the following:

  1. How you promoted vegetarianism in your high school and/or community
  2. Your successes
  3. Your challenges
  4. What you learned/what you would do different
  5. How you expect to promote vegetarianism in college and beyond
  6. Your future goals
  7. Your strengths
  8. Your weaknesses
  9. Your "perfect" life in five years
  10. Why you should receive this scholarship
  11. How you became vegetarian and why you are vegetarian
  12. How you define vegetarian
  13. Why vegetarianism is important to you
  14. What else is important to you
  15. What vegetarian foods you would recommend to a non-vegetarian
  16. What restaurants you would recommend to a non-vegetarian

III. Please also attach:

  1. A copy of your transcripts or report cards for the past two years. (An official copy is not necessary. Photocopies of your report cards will suffice.)
  2. Three or more recommendations (including at least one teacher).
  3. Any documentation related to your promotion of vegetarianism in high school and/or community including photographs, newspaper stories, etc.

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2017 Scholarship Winners!
Samantha Illius and
Aaditi Tamhankar and
Leah Kelly

2016 Scholarship Winners!
Riley Howard and
Lauren Hickey and
Jasmine Westerdahl

2015 Scholarship Winners!
Chloe Falkenheim and 
Jairo Javier and
Andrew Puccetti

2014 Scholarship Winners!
Hunter Gabel and
Isabella Pezzulo

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2013 Scholarship Winners!
Greta Lorenz and
Amory Fischer

2012 Scholarship Winners!
Kyana "Kitty" Jones and
Gretchen Coleman

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