Give pints, get scholarships!
It has never been easier for students and schools to supplement their scholarship funds – while educating, engaging and exciting student volunteers about community involvement and supporting the constant need for blood in their communities.
Starting in Fall 2021, we have revised our scholarship structure!
By hosting one or more Blood Drives and collecting a minimum of 50 points during the school year, your school is guaranteed a scholarship award! Through our Community Blood Drive program, your school and students can help bolster the regional blood supply and save lives in their community, while at the same time create new opportunities for supporting students in their academic endeavors.
The High School Hero Donor Recruitment Scholarship is designed to encourage and reward high school Blood Drive coordinators and/or sponsoring high schools for their efforts in stimulating interest and increasing the available blood supply within the Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties served by Miller-Keystone Blood Center.
- Scholarship awards are now based on points. Points are awarded for each successful unit collected by anyone at Blood Drives sponsored by each school (this includes students, administrators, teachers, parents, etc.).
- In addition to points awarded for each successful unit collected, schools will have the opportunity to earn additional “bonus” points, including:
- New School Bonus Points – A new school joining our Blood Drive program will earn a one-time bonus of 25 points.
- Frequency Bonus Points – Any school sponsoring 3 or more Blood Drives during the school year will receive a bonus of 20 points (for 3 drives) or 30 points (for 4 drives).
- Critical Double Days – Any school hosting a Blood Drive during one of our critical times of year will have the points collected during that critical timeframe doubled.
- Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 – Nov. 28)
- Christmas/New Years (Dec. 23 – Jan. 2)
- Summer Break (July 1 – Aug. 31)
- High School-sponsored Blood Drives at our fixed sites (Adopt-a-Day events) also count towards the scholarship awards, and will qualify for bonus point opportunities (Group ID # must be given at the time of registration/appointment)*.
* Individual/single donations made at MKBC Donor Centers will continue to count as a single point.
- Drives must be scheduled between the start of the school year and April 30. Drives held in May/June and/or the Summer are credited towards the following school year totals.
- Schools must collect a minimum of 50 points per academic year to qualify for a Scholarship award.
- Scholarship Awards will be distributed one-time per year, at the end of each academic year.
- Representative(s) from each qualifying school will determine use of the funds based on MKBC-required criteria. Use of scholarship dollars must be a documented educational initiative, including
- As a scholarship to a specific Senior student identified by the school, based on the student’s contributions to the success of the school’s blood drives. In this case, the scholarship check will be made to the student’s college of choice;
- As a donation to the school’s general scholarship fund, with the dollars awarded at the school’s discretion; or
- As a donation to the educational activities of the school’s HOSA / Health Club (or any other scholastic organization instrumental in coordinating your blood drives – National Honor Society, Key Club, etc.), with the dollars utilized for the group’s educational activities.
- Blood Donations do not have to come strictly from students — Blood Donations by teachers, administration, parents, community members, etc. at any of the school-sponsored drives all count towards the school’s totals.
- Donations made at an MKBC Fixed Site location as part of a school-sponsored “Adopt a Day” event also count towards the scholarship program (Group ID # must be given at the time of registration/appointment). These donations also count towards an individual’s graduation cord tracking (where applicable).
For schools who may need a little extra assistance, or smaller schools who are concerned about achieving the benchmarks, our experienced Account Managers are ready to help you reach your goal! It may be a simple as adding an additional Blood Drive during the school year, or adjusting the dates/times of your Blood Drives to accommodate donors from the community.
How To Apply:
There is no formal application process! At the beginning of the year you will be meeting with your MKBC Account Manager to discuss your Blood Drive(s) for the upcoming school year. At that time, you will select your Blood Drive date(s) and complete a form confirming your scheduled date(s) and how a potential scholarship award will be utilized.
Note: signed acknowledgements between an MKBC representative and a school representative will be required, clearly detailing scholarship usage outlines and how funds will be dispersed; as well as confirmation from the school when a check is presented/received.