Scholarship Opportunities

 

 

 

Lacota Allison Memorial Scholarship

 

Lacota Marie Allison Scholarship and Grant Program

Marsh Regional Blood Center is honored to announce that our high school scholarship and grant program will be dedicated to the memory of Lacota Marie Allison. Codi, a senior at Volunteer High School, always supported her school’s blood drives. We would like to thank her parents, Steve and Angie Allison, for allowing us to honor Codi for her commitment to helping save lives through the precious gift of blood donation.

Marsh Regional Blood Center has been the largest hometown supplier of blood and blood products in Northeast Tenn. and Southwest Va. for more than 68 years. The mission of Marsh Regional has been to collect and maintain blood supplies to meet local needs. Through generous support from thousands of our family members, friends, neighbors and dedicated students like Codi, Marsh Regional has steadily grown and today supplies 16 medical facilities and 4 cancer centers, all located in Northeast Tenn. and Southwest Va.

Marsh conducts blood drives with 34 high schools throughout Northeast Tenn. and Southwest Va.  Each year Marsh Regional Blood Center awards at least six $500 educational grants and six $1,000 scholarships to high schools and students in our region.

The Lacota Allison Memorial Scholarship and Grant Program will remember a beautiful young lady who loved to help others – Give Here, Help Here!


Save the summer web page

Marsh Regional Blood Center is always looking for opportunities to increase donations over the summer break and that’s why we started this scholarship opportunity! We know that we can always count on our dedicated high school and college students to rise to the occasion, and we want to offer them a reward for going the extra mile with our Save the Summer Scholarship program. This scholarship opportunity is in addition to the existing grants and scholarships that Marsh makes available to students and schools.

We are asking students to help us save local lives by conducting blood drives. Area high school juniors, seniors and college students who organize and host a successful blood drive with Marsh Regional Blood Center during their summer break will be eligible to win a scholarship for their college education. Marsh will award $500 to the student who collects the most units with a check made payable directly to the college or university of their choice.

How to Save the Summer:

  • Choose a blood drive location in your community or opt to host the drive at either of our locations in Kingsport or Bristol
  • Select a date during your Summer break
  • Recruit friends, family members and neighbors to donate (Hint: use social media)
  • Collect a minimum of 25 units
  • Units can be blood or platelets (platelets will be counted as double points)
  • Donors must let us know the name of the “Summer Saver” they are donating for at registration

Any student that collects 50 units will automatically win a $500 scholarship!

We are excited about this program and look forward to helping the students in our community further their educations. We ask that you please share this information with your eligible students, and feel free to make copies and post this letter around your campus.  For more information or for assistance, call us at (423) 408-7500.


 Holiday Heroes Scholarship

During this holiday season, Marsh Regional Blood Center is looking for opportunities to increase donations when they are historically low. We know that we can always count on our dedicated high school and college students to rise to the occasion, and we want to offer them a reward for going the extra mile with our Holiday Heroes Scholarship program. This scholarship opportunity is in addition to the existing grants and scholarships that Marsh makes available to students and schools. Last year, only three students took advantage of this opportunity!

We are asking students to help us save local lives by becoming Holiday Heroes. Area high school juniors, seniors and college students who organize and host a successful blood drive with Marsh Regional Blood Center during designated period will be eligible to win a scholarship for their college education. Marsh will award $500 to the student who collects the most units with a check made payable directly to the college or university of their choice.

How to become a Holiday Hero:

Choose a blood drive location in your community or opt to host the drive at either of our locations in Kingsport or Bristol

  • Select a date and time during designated time period (contact Marsh for details)
  • Recruit friends, family members and neighbors to donate (Hint: use social media)
  • Collect a minimum of 25 units
  • Units can be blood or platelets (platelets will be counted as double points)
  • Donors must let us know the name of the “Holiday Hero” they are donating for at registration
  • Any student that collects 50 units will automatically win a $500 scholarship!

 We are excited about continuing this program and look forward to helping the students in our community further their educations. We ask that you please share this information with your eligible students, and feel free to make copies and post this letter around your campus.  For more information or for assistance, call us at (423) 408-7500.

 

 


 

2015 MARSH REGIONAL PROVIDES NINE SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, GRANTS TO FOUR AREA SCHOOLS

 

As they transition from children to adults, many teenagers in the region willingly donate blood to Marsh Regional Blood Center to give others an excellent chance to overcome illness and injury.

In recent years, Marsh Regional has given back to these students by helping further their educations. The tradition continues this year, with nine local students earning $1,000 scholarships to community colleges and universities. The region’s only locally based blood supplier is also giving five $500 grants to area high schools and two $500 scholarships to colleges.

Don Campbell, Marsh Regional’s director, said the recipients of the Lacota Allison Memorial Scholarship and Grant Program, have performed exemplary work

“It’s our pleasure to recognize our high school student donors for showing their community spirit early in life,” said Don Campbell, Marsh Regional’s director. “By rolling up their sleeves, these young men and women are making a positive difference in the region’s quality of care. High school students are one of our stellar donor groups, and their generosity ensures we have sufficient blood to supply the 16 hospitals we are privileged to serve.”

Students who received scholarships are:

  • Katelyn Beam, Happy Valley High School, who will attend Northeast State Community College
  • Dylan Fields, Sullivan North High School, who will attend East Tennessee State University
  • Grace Greene, Twin Springs High School, who will attend Virginia Tech
  • Walter Honaker, Grundy High School, who will attend Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Madison Miller, Volunteer High School, who will attend Northeast State
  • Jaden Ringley, Central High School, who will attend University of Virginia’s College at Wise
  • Andrew Samples, Sullivan South High School, who will attend Northeast State
  • Hannah Webb, Dobyns-Bennett, who will attend Northeast State
  • Michala Willard, Sullivan Central High School, who will attend Northeast State

High schools that received grants are:

  • Council
  • Gate City
  • Sullivan North
  • Sullivan South
  • Volunteer

In addition, Northeast State and UVa-Wise received $500 scholarships for each college to give to an appropriate student.

“While the students supply the blood and help organize drives, we could not achieve so much success without the support of the schools,” Campbell said. “We have 37 high schools that regularly open their doors to us and clearly demonstrate their understanding of the importance of blood donation.  And the two colleges we have honored are tremendous partners by sponsoring blood drives throughout the year.”

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have donated blood or someone must have donated on their behalf during their junior or senior year and be registered for college. High schools that receive grants are chosen based on the percentage of donations in relation to the number of seniors at the school. Marsh Regional also selects the higher education institutions that donate the most blood to award additional scholarships.

The blood supplier has been able to increase the number of scholarships it has provided through the support of local businesses and individuals who have participated the last two years in the annual golf tournament. This year’s tournament at Warrior’s Path State Park’s golf course was another major success, with participants and supporters throughout the region.

The scholarship program is named after Lacota Marie Allison, who was best known by her nickname Codi. She was a student at Volunteer who had helped with multiple drives at the school and also donated blood. She died in 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

For more information about blood donation, please call 423-408-7500 or visit www.marshblood.com. Donors can also connect at www.facebook.com/MarshBlood and @Marsh_Blood on Twitter.