Rotary Global Grants Scholarship Holder Madison Vorva- August 1st

Ann Arborite, Madison Vorva is a 2017 graduate of Pomona College, where she majored in environmental analysis. At 16, she was honored as a United Nations “Forest Hero” for leading an eight-year campaign to get Girl Scouts USA to source responsible palm oil in its cookies. Partnering with Climate Advisers, the Packard Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists, she grew her middle school project to a national media campaign that reached 10 million consumers. These efforts led Girl Scouts USA to announce a sustainability policy and Girl Scout cookie bakers Kellogg and Wilmar (trader of 45% of the world’s palm oil) to adopt deforestation-free commitments. Madi has traveled to 10 countries to explore the politics of development conflicts. In college, she served on the State Farm Youth Advisory board which funded thousands of youth-led service projects with its $10 million budget. Additionally, Madi co-hosted “FabLab,” a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education TV show airing nationwide on FOX affiliate stations. Today, Madi is the Community Engagement Specialist at Michigan Sustainability Cases, housed within U of M’s new School for Environment and Sustainability. She is also on the board of directors of the Jane Goodall Institute. This fall, Madi will pursue her master’s in environmental policy at the University of Cambridge through the support of a Rotary Global Grants Scholarship.
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