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University of South Florida
Environmental Science & Policy
Victoria’s Secret & Co. Scholarship
Originally from Ohio, Abigail Reed is a student from Estero, Florida, and will attend the University of South Florida in Fall 2020. Her passion for environmental science and leadership shares a parallel path with her LGBTQ+ activism. She has conducted multiple water quality projects including a 5-year study of nutrient levels at seven beaches stretching from Sanibel Island to Bonita Beach in Southwest Florida. After being outed her freshman year, Abigail became a founding member of her high school's Gender Sexuality Alliance - a group that was met with resistance due to the conservative climate of the area. She led the group as vice president her sophomore year and president her junior and senior year. While serving in this leadership position, she created and led a LGBTQ+ sex education program off-campus to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ students who otherwise only have access to abstinence-focused and heteronormative sex education. Her program led to meeting with and working with her school's biology teachers to answer their questions and provide them with resources to better meet the needs of their students. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law and continue to advocate for inclusive education in conservative states.