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Scholarship Search Spotlight: Scholarships for Vegetarians | College Coach Blog

Shannon Vasconcelos

Written by Shannon Vasconceloson November 21st, 2015

I came to College Coach with close to 10 years of experience in college financial aid offices. I began my career at Boston University, where I counseled students and their parents on the financial aid process and reviewed undergraduate financial aid applications. At Tufts University, where I served as assistant director of financial aid, I developed expertise in the field of health professions financial aid. I was responsible for financial aid application review, grant awarding and loan processing, and college financing and debt management counseling for both pre- and post-doctoral dental students. I have also served as an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Early Awareness and Outreach Committee, coordinating early college awareness activities for middle school students; as a trainer for the Department of Education’s National Training for Counselors and Mentors, educating high school guidance counselors on the financial aid process; and as a volunteer for FAFSA Day Massachusetts, aiding students and parents with the completion of online financial aid applications.
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When I began refusing to eat meat in high school, I drove my mother crazy.  All of a sudden, she had to cook two separate family dinners each night:  one for the carnivores in the house and one for me. (Shame on me – while I had embraced eating vegetarian food, I had not yet mastered cooking it myself. I guess I owe her one.) For any parents of vegetarian high schoolers out there enduring similar frustrations with your child’s newly restrictive diet, I have some good news.  Your child’s vegetarianism may just pay off for you… in the form of a college scholarship. The Vegetarian Resource Group awards $20,000 annually in college scholarships (one $10,000 award and two $5000 awards) to graduating high school seniors who have embraced and promoted a vegetarian lifestyle within their community.  Applicants must submit an essay addressing (among other things) their successes and challenges promoting a vegetarian lifestyle and how they intend to continue to promote vegetarianism in college.  Scholarship winners are chosen based upon their demonstrated compassion, courage, and commitment to fostering peace through vegetarian living. Applications for scholarships for the 2016-17 school year are due February 20, 2016 and can be found on the Vegetarian Resource Group’s website. So take heart, moms and dads, as you stew that pot of lentils beside the rest of the family’s grilled chicken.  It is not only the chicken that is grateful for your son or daughter’s dietary restrictions.  The Vegetarian Resource Group may thank them kindly with thousands of dollars in college scholarship funding. New Call-to-Action


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