Appling County High School graduate, Mattie Bass, has been awarded an American Red Cross High School Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic school year.
Bass earned a $750 scholarship due to her demonstrated leadership in the coordination and recruitment of blood drives for Appling County High School’s blood program with the Red Cross. She plans to attend East Georgia State College in Statesboro in the fall.
“Hosting a blood drive is definitely worth your time,” said Mattie Bass. “It is very rewarding knowing the blood donated may help someone in need.”
The American Red Cross High School Scholarship Program is available to high schools that schedule at least one Red Cross blood drive during the school year. Appling County High School collected 123 pints of blood during the 2016-2017 academic year.
The upcoming scholarship program for the 2017-2018 school year runs between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org/highschoolscholarship.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.