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Red Cross Scholarship and Cord Recipents

May 12, 2017

The Red Cross Blood Drive High School Scholarship Program rewards schools and students for the outstanding contributions they make to the local blood supply.  The amount of scholarship money received is based upon the number of donors at the blood drives in which the students help to run and work at.  This year, Plainview High School Blood drives collected 181 units earning $1000 in scholarship money. Scholarship awards are issued directly to colleges or educational institutions on behalf of the winning student during the student’s second semester. Students must be an active participant in several Red Cross blood drives throughout their high school career and should exhibit a leadership role in the coordination and recruitment of blood drives. The awards process considers most units recruited and most hours committed towards supporting the blood program.  Financial need is also taken into consideration when making the final student selection.  This year four recipients were selected for the 2017 Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarship. Each student will receive a $250 scholarship to the college of their choice. Recipients were Jadin Doerr, Autumn Ickler, Brandon Pellatz, and Kailee Rafert. Next year, students have a goal of moving to the next level of donations by collecting 201 units to earn $2,500 in scholarship money.

The Red Cross also recognizes high school seniors with a Red Cross Honor Cord for their work in organizing blood drives, recruiting donors, and donating blood personally.  To qualify for the Red Cross Honor Cord, students must have either donated blood 4 times or recruited at least 5 people to donate blood, and participated as volunteers in a school or community blood drive at least three times during their junior and senior years. By giving so much of themselves to serve others, the students prove that they are focused on improving the world around them.  With the red graduation cords, they are recognized for their willingness to help the community, and encouraged to continue in the path of service and helpfulness for the rest of their lives. The Red Cord Honors Program represents more than just a student’s donation to give life; it also symbolizes their giving nature, and the potential they have to change the world for the better. Receiving honor cords this year are:  Jadin Doerr, Autumn Ickler, Sarah Watson, Britni Shaefer, Devan Solomon, Aaron Boon, Kathleen Neef, Brandon Pellatx, Kailee Rafert, and Tyler Masat.

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