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Marsh announces $20,000 in scholarships

Community Contributor Brian Bishop • May 30, 2018 at 6:14 PM

KINGSPORT — Marsh Regional Blood Center has awarded scholarship funds totaling $20,000 for the 2018 scholarship year.

“One out of every three units of blood we collect comes from a high school student. That number is a remarkable testament to the giving nature of our young people in this region,” Marsh Director Don Campbell said. “To see the younger generation so in tune with saving local lives is an awesome thing. Twenty thousand sounds like a lot, but the truth is we could never do enough to say thanks to these young people.”

Recipients of scholarships of the center, a division of Ballad Health, are chosen through various programs. Large, medium and small high schools compete for the highest collection numbers throughout the year in order to earn scholarships. Also, individual students can earn scholarships by participating in the “Save the Summer” and “Holiday Hero” promotions. Marsh also awards some grant money to the high school organizations which help with drives such as HOSA, JROTC, and school clubs.

“Our scholarships are funded through a variety of sources,” Operations Manager Ray Bell said. “The main source is our annual scholarship golf tournament. We started that tournament a few years ago to really increase what we are able to do in order to thank these kids and raise awareness about what they do for this community. Not only are they saving lives, but they are learning to do something to give back and help their family, friends and neighbors. We are proud of these kids and honored to be able to give something back to them.”


Large high schools:

Dobyns Bennett: Megan Livingston – Northeast State Community College; Sara Whitley – Northeast State

Daniel Boone: Madison Yarbrough – University of Tennessee

Medium high schools.

Sullivan East: Summer Locke – East Tennessee State University

Sullivan North: Austin Mullins - Northeast State

Happy Valley: Crystal Millner - Northeast State 

Volunteer: Jordan Christian - Walter’s State Community College

(Wise) Central: Sarah Dotson - University of Virginia at Wise

Ridgeview: Jasmine Bowen - UVA Wise

Virginia: Makayla Payne - Emory & Henry College

Small high schools:

Lebanon: Isabelle Holmes - Southwest Virginia Community College

Honaker: Mahalia Rasnake - SVCC

Hampton: Isabella Harris - ETSU

Holston High: Leah Cullop and Linsey Cullop - Virginia Highlands

Colleges and Vocational Schools:

Southwest Virginia Community College: Tiffany Johnson

Virginia Highlands Community College: David Brock

Greeneville Technology Center:Destiny Gosnell - Carson Newman

School Grants - $500 Grant each, Dobyns Bennett, David Crockett, Sullivan North, Virginia, Cloudland and Council

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