High school students throughout the region have added incentive to become blood donors and help save lives. Virginia Intermont College, in an exclusive partnership with Wellmont Health System’s Marsh Regional Blood Center, is offering scholarship incentives to high school students throughout the region who become blood donors.
Next spring, one lucky donor from each of the 20 participating high schools will be selected for a $1,500 Virginia Intermont scholarship. Winners must be academically qualified to apply to the college. Scholarship awards will continue each year for four years as long as the student has continuous enrollment and meets all academic standards.
“This is a great opportunity for our regional high school students, and we are pleased to be involved to promote blood donations as well as education,” said Michael J. Puglisi, president of Virginia Intermont College.
The high school blood drives are under way this fall and will be conducted again next spring, giving students two chances for the scholarship drawing at their participating school.
“We are excited to be part of a unique effort to expand our young blood donor base and refresh our important blood supply,” said Carol Conduff, donor services recruitment supervisor for Marsh Regional Blood Center.
Each unit of blood donated can save up to three lives, and it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish to give blood. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health.
Participating schools are: Virginia High School, Twin Springs High School, Tazewell High School, Rye Cove High School, Richlands High School, Powell Valley High School. J.I. Burton High School, Grundy High School, Gate City High School, Coeburn High School and Clintwood High School in Southwest Virginia; Tennessee High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, Sullivan Central High School, Sullivan East High School, Sullivan North High School, Sullivan South High School, Cherokee High School, Volunteer High School and Elizabethton High School in Northeast Tennessee.
The blood drive schedule so far is:
Clintwood High School Oct. 13
Dobyns-Bennett Oct. 14
Volunteer High School Oct. 24
Tennessee High School Oct. 31
Sullivan Central Nov. 7
Sullivan North Nov. 11
Lee Co. Career and Technical School & Lee High School Nov. 13
Sullivan East Nov. 14
Lebanon High School Nov. 21
Twin Springs High School Nov. 24
Virginia High School Nov. 25
Gate City High School Dec. 5
Grundy High School Dec. 7