KBC Awards Nearly $45k in Scholarship Aug. 30, 2013

Schools Host Blood Drives, Students get rewarded

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Blood Center has awarded more than $44,600 in The Power of Life scholarships to 52 Kentucky students who will be studying at higher educational institutions this fall.

The students are from Kentucky high schools and vocational technical schools that hosted blood drives with KBC during the 2012-13 school year. The Power of Life scholarships range from $250 to $1,500 per student.

“KBC realizes the important role high school blood donors play in the healthcare of their communities,” said Bill Reed, KBC president and CEO. “At high school drives last year students donated more than 10,000 life-saving blood components, and their generosity positively impacted the local blood supply. We appreciate what they do for their communities, and we feel strongly that we should thank them for their efforts. That’s why we have been awarding these scholarships for the past few years.”

The Power of Life scholarship recipients and the amount of the awards are determined by the schools. The winner does not have to be a blood donor.

About The KBC Power of Life Scholarship Program

Power of Life scholarships are awarded each school year based on the units of blood donated at drives that each high school or vocational school sponsors. Schools can receive a one-time scholarship worth up to $3,000. The schools determine the scholarship recipients, and KBC pays the scholarship directly to the establishment of higher education.

About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, the largest FDA-regulated blood bank headquartered in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components. To schedule a donation or find a donation location, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.