FLORIDA STUDENT JASMINE EL MRABTI WINS $5,000 VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

Jasmine stated, “In Arabic, the word ‘AtIka’ means noble born. But in my family, it’s the name of the thirteen-year-old grey Lincoln town car we turned into a taxi … It was where Atika carried us in her arms for two years.” Jasmine began to work nine years ago to help her family. She said, “On the bus ride to my client’s home, I read the fact that promoted my conversion to veganism: Animal Agriculture produces more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector … I made the connection between human lives and animal lives clear to my family and forged my own path to cruelty-free, noble living. Following my ninth-grade conversion to veganism, I was compelled to tell the stories of those lives because in Atika they had become an extension of my own.”

     In high school,
Jasmine was one of seven Americans selected for an international scholarship to
study microbiology, robotics, and Arabic in Cairo, Egypt for four weeks. She
chose to do a plant-based project, posing diet change as a viable method for
reducing suffering. At the same time, she interacted with Egyptian families and
registered 23 members to a vegan coaching program, as well as distributed veggie
pamphlets.

     Back in Miami, Jasmine set up tables on the
Florida International University Campus and discussed veggie diets with
students and faculty. She also worked long distance with an English vegan group
to help them apply for grants, and supervised eight adults in this process. In
addition, she worked to bring the vegan group’s school lunch information to
Florida.

     Jasmine’s high
school science teacher stated, “Jasmine effectively communicates the
intersectionality of sustainable consumption. Her discussion consists of
science, but also of ethics, poverty, racism, and fiscal policy; this makes her
outreach intellectually stimulating for all participants, myself included. I
along with a majority of faculty and the student body, have started to
transition to plant-forward diets as a result of her advocacy. It is due to her
passion that I have been vegan since March of last year.”

     Jasmine will be
pursuing a college degree in Biological Physics with a minor in Middle Eastern
Studies or Environmental Studies. She hopes to create a nonprofit that will
provide environmental, STEM-geared, plant-forward education to inner-city
youth. Jasmine sums up her message this way: “I want to help people find their
kindness.”

The deadline for the next scholarship contest for high
school seniors graduating in 2022 is February 20, 2022. To see rules and past scholarship
winners, visit vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

To support additional scholarships and internships, donate
at vrg.org/donate, call
(410) 366-8343, or send donations to VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

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