Organ donor scholarship applications sought

1STOCK education MortarBoards UpdateSpecial to the Chickasaw Journal

 

The North Mississippi Donor Family Council of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency is seeking scholarship applications.

A minimum of four $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors and the deadline for submitting an application is April 1.

Application forms may be obtained through school counselors or by contacting the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency at 662-841-1960.

“Our donor family council came up with the scholarship idea as a way to encourage awareness for organ and tissue donation,” said Ron Waterman, MORA Donor Family Council Coordinator. “Each year, council members personally raise all funds for the scholarship.”

In 2012 a total of five $500 scholarships were awarded to deserving seniors from area high schools.

“Donor families are extraordinary people, extremely invested in the benefits of donations,” said Waterman. “Their lives have been so impacted by organ and tissue donation that they want to educate and promote donor awareness to others, as well as honor their loved one’s legacy of life.”

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater with acceptance to or plans of enrolling in the Fall of 2013 in a Mississippi institution of higher learning. Two letters or recommendation are required and a brief essay.

Scholarship winners will be announced in April at MORA’s annual donor recognition ceremony in Tupelo.

 

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