Lexington — Kentucky Blood Center is happy to provide a $250 Power of Life Scholarship to Joe Melton, of Viper, a graduating senior from Perry County Central High School. Joe Melton plans to attend Hazard Community and Technical College in the fall.
Since 2010, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) has awarded more than 500 scholarships to Kentucky high schools that host blood drives. The school earns the award based on the number of donations at blood drives hosted by the school.
This school year 100 high schools hosted nearly 300 blood drives and more than $70,000 in scholarships have been awarded to the schools to present to worthy students for their continued education.
“KBC realizes the important role high school blood donors play in the healthcare of their communities. At high school drives this past school year, students donated more than 8,000 life-saving blood components, and their generosity positively impacted the local blood supply,” said Bill Reed, KBC President and CEO. “We appreciate what they do for their communities, and we feel strongly that we should thank them for their efforts.”
Power of Life scholarships are awarded each school year based on the units of blood donated at blood drives that each high school or vocational school sponsors. Schools can receive up to 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
Founded nearly 50 years ago, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, non-profit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky hospitals.
All blood that is donated with KBC is returned to the Beaumont Donor Center where it is processed, prepared and stored for shipment to Kentucky hospitals.
Blood needs are ongoing. Red cells last only 42 days and must be continually replenished to adequately support Kentucky hospitals. Statistics show that one in seven hospital patients will require blood transfusions during their stay. However, only 37 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood and less than 10 percent does. All blood types are needed, and there is a particular demand for type O negative blood since it is the “universal donor” and needed in emergencies when the patient’s blood type is unknown.