FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 13, 2017 – Flowood, MS – For the third straight year, Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be presenting scholarships in May to high school seniors across Mississippi who believes in the lifesaving and life healing gifts that organ, eye and tissue donation can be for others.
Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA is proud of the agency’s scholarship program and how it has grown. “The expansion of our scholarship program over the last three years has given us the opportunity to reach out and connect with more graduating seniors across the state that are in need of financial assistance and believe in our mission to save and heal lives,” said Stump, who is in his 23rd year as the leader of MORA. “We have found out over the years that there are a lot of young people who have been personally touched by donation either through a personal experience or just a belief in our mission to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation. We are confident that these students will actively promote that mission in college and beyond either through volunteer opportunities or by sharing their powerful testimonials,” Stump added.
Eleven $500 scholarships will be handed out and, for the second consecutive year, a $1,000 scholarship will be also given in memory of Mrs. Glenda Irene Woodall which is being presented by her family. Her son, Lavell Woodall, is an Organ Recovery Coordinator for MORA. “We were excited by the number of applicants that applied for these scholarship opportunities last year and we know my mother would be excited by their desire to seek out a higher education,” said Woodall. “We are also overwhelmed with the support shown by the applicants for organ, eye and tissue donation.”
Certain criteria must be met by seniors applying for a scholarship. First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school. They also must be accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi or have intentions of fall 2017 enrollment. They must also have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation one from a teacher and one from an adult of the student’s choice, and include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about their connection to donation, why they are registered donors or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.
For more information concerning these scholarships you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Outreach Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 662-841-1960.
Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Friday, February 24, 2017 to:
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1
Tupelo, MS 38801
At present, approximately 1,500 Mississippians and 122,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 22 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org.
For more information on MORA visit www.msora.org.