Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center recently presented four $1,000 scholarships to students in high schools that held blood drives during the first two weeks of January.
You’ve heard us say time and time again that the holidays are an especially difficult time for blood collections. One reason for this is that schools and many businesses are closed during the holidays, so we can’t partner with them for onsite blood drives at this time. When January rolls around, The Blood Center works hard to schedule drives and bring our collections back to normal levels.
The Blood Center offers four $1,000 scholarships as an extra incentive for high schools to host a blood drive during the first two weeks of the spring semester. This year, 29 schools held drives during the first two weeks in January and were entered in a random drawing for the scholarships. The winning schools were Willowridge High School, North Shore Senior High School, Channelview High School and Columbus High School.
Account Representatives Letisha Polk and Steve Muraco presented the $1,000 scholarship to Willowridge High School on Friday, Jan. 21. The school’s ROTC held a blood drive on Friday, Jan. 7, collecting 119 units. The drive was held in honor of 6-month-old Rylee Davis, the sister of ROTC cadet Romisha Ashley. Ashley donated blood for the first time at the drive, and the school selected her to receive the scholarship. Ashley plans to attend either Rice University or Texas A&M University.
North Shore Senior High School, which collected 181 products at its Jan. 14 drive, surprised senior Ryan Perez with the $1,000 scholarship. Since he was a freshman, Perez has helped coordinate 11 blood drives at the school, which together have collected enough units to save more than 6,000 lives. Perez plans to attend Stanford University in California, where he will study biology.
Channelview High School held a blood drive on Friday, Jan. 7, collecting 154 products, under the leadership of the school’s Interact Club. This is the second consecutive year Channelview has won a scholarship for hosting a drive during the first two weeks of the semester. The students who will benefit from the funds have not yet been named.
Columbus High School held a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 12, collecting 145 units. The school will present the $1,000 scholarship to a member of the student blood drive committee during the spring scholarship ceremony on May 19.