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.