Nebraska’s high school and college students with the power of persuasion can earn some money for college with a unique scholarship opportunity. Claire DeRoin, at LifeServe Blood Center, says students can earn a $750 scholarship by getting people to donate blood.
“Students will need to organize, recruit, plan and do the back-end planning to organize a blood drive,” she says. “Students will need to get at least 50 units of blood — that’s 50 people coming in the door and donating — in order to achieve that scholarship.”
Getting 50 people to attend a blood drive may not seem like a lot for young people who are involved with social media, but DeRoin says the students will have to actively recruit donors.
That will include making phone calls, hanging up posters and going to people in the community and personally asking them to come out and donate blood. DeRoin says the scholarship is a way to help students while also getting out the message of the importance of blood donation from a young person.
“I, as a public relations person, can tell you a thousand different facts about why it is good to donate blood, but it really just takes someone to say ‘Hey I am organizing this blood drive would you do this as a favor to me?’ That’ll get people in the door and then they’ll say ‘Oh I help you out but I also saved lives with this and it only took an hour.'” DeRoin explains.
She says it also gives students some experience in organizing an event. Students have until October 12th, that’s next Monday, to sign up to organize a blood drive and be eligible for the scholarship. Learn more at the LifeServe website.
LifeServe provides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.