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St. Matthews, S.C. student receives American Red Cross Scholarship

South Carolina Blood Services Region

October 16, 2013
 

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St. Matthews, S.C. student receives American Red Cross Scholarship

University of South Carolina Aiken freshman receives $1,000 toward educational costs

 

Columbia, S.C., Oct. 15, 2013 – Taylor Bowen of St. Matthews, S.C., is a recipient of the American Red Cross 2013 Summer BloodStock Scholarship Challenge. On Sept. 26, 2013, Taylor, a freshman at the University of South Carolina Aiken, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Red Cross to assist with future educational costs.

                                                                       

“I loved the experience, and I would definitely do it again,” said Taylor. “It feels so rewarding to know you could be saving someone’s life. I felt amazing inside because I love to help people.”

Scholarship Recipient Taylor Bowen (right) with Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Denise Elkins.

 

The BloodStock Scholarship Challenge gives high school and college students a chance to win a scholarship by coordinating successful blood drives. Coordinators who achieve 100 percent of their designated blood drive goal receive a $50 gift card, a letter of recommendation from the Red Cross and a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship.

In March of 2013, Taylor hosted her first blood drive and decided to host a second blood drive as part of the summer BloodStock Scholarship Challenge in August 2013. Taylor’s drive collected 27 pints of blood on a projected goal of 25, qualifying her for the $1,000 BloodStock scholarship. In addition to being a Red Cross blood drive coordinator, Taylor officially became a blood donor at her drive on Aug. 13, 2013 at Beulah United Methodist Church in Lexington, S.C.

“I loved the experience, and I would definitely do it again,” said Taylor. “It feels so rewarding to know you could be saving someone’s life. I felt amazing inside because I love to help people.”

Interested high school and college students can participate in the 2013 Winter BloodStock Scholarship Challenge Dec. 15, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014 or the Summer BloodStock Scholarship Challenge May 15-Aug. 15, 2014 for a chance to win a $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship. Students can apply online and find more information at redcrossblood.org/southeastdivision/bloodstock.

"Not only does BloodStock give high school students a chance to earn a scholarship by coordinating successful blood drives, it also provides them with networking opportunities, leadership development skills, and a chance to cultivate many other skills that will last them a lifetime," said Ryan Corcoran, chief executive officer of the Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. "Most importantly, students actively engage in a project that makes a meaningful difference in the community by helping ensure blood is available during the most challenging times of the year for blood collections."

The Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides blood to 54 hospitals and needs to have 500 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

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How to Donate Blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental permission in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

 About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.