Green Forest, Eureka Springs seniors awarded scholarships

Friday, May 4, 2012

CARROLL COUNTY -- Two Carroll County seniors won $500.00 college scholarships for their participation in the Students for Life High School Partnership Program. The program is designed to reward student volunteers at schools that hold blood drives with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

Eureka Springs Senior, Laura Winters and Green Forest Senior, Vanessa Etchison represented Carroll County in this year's award list.

The Students for Life program is funded by generous contributions from area hospitals that utilize blood products provided by CBCO donors.

Since the program began in 2004, over $200,000 in college scholarships and monetary grants have been awarded to students and schools in the CBCO service region. The program is funded by area hospitals, which benefit from the efforts of the student volunteers.

Over 140 area high schools host over 300 CBCO blood drives each year. This year, high school donors will give over 23,000 donations of blood that will be used on thousands of sick and injured patients at Ozarks area hospitals.

"The Students for Life initiative has been one of our most outstanding projects," said CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson. "Our goal is to reward student donors and organizers for their hard work."

"We hope that by introducing students to the lifesaving experience of blood donation, we'll create blood donors for life. I congratulate this year's scholarship winners, and I thank our underwriters for their help with this worthwhile program."

Applicants were required to help, either as a volunteer or coordinator, during blood drives at their respective schools. Students were required to submit a 300 to 350 word essay on the topic, "Why should healthy people donate blood on a regular basis?" Those essays were reviewed by a committee of volunteers throughout the CBCO service region to determine the winners.

Later this spring, select high schools in the area will receive grants from CBCO's High School Partnership Program. These awards are based on participation and frequency of CBCO blood drives held during the 2011-12 school year.

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