The CBCO Graduate with Honors Program is an innovative partnership between area high schools and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. Its primary purpose is to provide recognition and scholarships to high school blood donors and to nurture within young people a lifetime commitment to blood donation.
The program is also about much more. It is about supporting the community where we live. It is about learning how a few moments of time can have a lasting impact on the lives of others. It’s about forming bonds and friendships with your peers from other schools and areas.
Purpose and Goals of the Program
High school students play an important role in maintaining our region’s blood supply. Local high schools provide our most steady source of first time donors. Equally important, however, is the long-term influence seen in individuals when they become blood donors during their high school years. The donation experience is the primary determining factor in whether a person donates regularly throughout his or her lifetime.
The Graduate with Honors program seeks not only to recognize the contribution of our high school students, but also to increase their participation in community service, developing a sense of self-esteem through helping others.
How Does the Program Work?
Participating high schools will hold blood drives during the school year or summer months, with CBCO’s donor recruitment representatives providing coordination and assistance. High schools are also able to challenge each other and receive recognition for their participation as volunteer blood donors.
During the summer months (May 15th through August 31st) , each school’s achievements tracked in three areas:
- highest number of registered donors for the summer;
- greatest percentage increase in registered donors over the previous summer* ;
- highest percentage of donors based on the eligible school population ^
Each school’s achievements will be tallied at the end of the summer. Winners will be announced online and through the media.
*This category requires participation in the program for at least two consecutive years.
^The eligible school population is defined as sophomore, junior and senior classes.
High School Scholarship Program
For area high schools that hold two blood drives within a year, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will provide a $500 college scholarship to be awarded to a student of their choice.
Why Should We Participate in the Program?
By participating in the Graduate with Honors program, your school will:
- help save lives in our community.
- have an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant each summer.
- provide the opportunity for a student to receive a $500 scholarship each year.
In addition, you will be creating a positive opportunity for your students to address community needs. And, most importantly, you will give each student the chance to become a role model to others through the selfless act of giving blood.
We hope you will join us in this important program. Your participation will make a positive difference in our community and in the lives of young people.
If your school is already sponsoring at least two blood drives with CBCO during the year, then you are already a part of the program. If your school currently hosts one blood drive each year or if you would like to schedule an additional drive, contact your CBCO Donor Recruitment representative today. We’ll be glad to assist in the planning process and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to another year of working together to serve hospitalized patients in our communities. With your help Ozarks area high school students will play a major role in maintaining an adequate community blood supply and no need will go unmet.