Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Grows Annual Scholarship Program for Local Students

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The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is expanding its annual “Students Saving Summer Scholarship” program.

Students who organize and host a successful blood drive with CBCC between the months of June and September 2011 have the chance to earn scholarship money for college. The students who hold the top-five-producing blood drives will each earn a $1,000 scholarship for their post-secondary education. There will be a total of five $1,000 scholarships awarded from CBCC instead of the three offered in past years.

“School breaks and family vacations make the summer months a challenging time for blood collection,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.” “These student organized blood drives helped us get through the tough summer months last year and garnered thousands of blood products needed to support local patients. We’re so pleased to be able to recognize even more deserving students with scholarships this summer.”

Participating students must hold their blood drive between June 1 and September 30, 2011. Students must select a location, recruit donors and collect a minimum of 25 units of blood to be eligible for the scholarship. Each student will be paired up with a CBCC representative who will provide assistance with planning the blood drive. The CBCC scholarship donation must be directly transferred to the college, university or other learning establishment of each winner’s choice.

For more information on how you or your child can earn scholarship money for college, contact Jennifer Teague, director of development and public relations at 704-972-4709 or jteague@cbcc.us.

About Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is a non-profit community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to 19 regional hospitals, serving patients that live in 16 North Carolina and three South Carolina counties. The mission of CBCC is to be the steward of a community resource – life-saving blood and the vision is to help build and strengthen the bonds of community. CBCC is strictly a blood center, completely focused on gathering red blood cells, platelets and plasma from volunteer donors to save local lives – every drop of blood collected stays here to help people in the Carolinas. The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is a member of America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood centers providing more than 50% of the nation’s blood supply.

For more information on community blood drives, visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700. There are also CBCC donor centers located at 4447 South Boulevard in Charlotte, 1212 Spruce Street in Belmont and at 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe.

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