MISSISSIPPI ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Flowood, MS – Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open. For the fourth straight year, MORA will present $6,500 in scholarships in May to high school seniors who understand the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Mississippi and across the country.
Eleven $500 scholarships will be awarded in the spring, as well as a $1,000 Gift of Lifescholarship, that will go to the top student applicant.
 After a record number of applicants (265) from a record number of high schools (94) in 2017, MORA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Stump, expects the list of applicants to be even higher this year. “We have seen interest in donation rise among young people through the recent years,” said Stump, who is in his 24th year as the agency’s CEO. “We feel this is because either a young person has been touched by donation through a personal experience or that they are becoming educated about the need of the lifesaving gifts of donation,” Stump added.
Seniors applying for the MORA scholarships must meet certain criteria.  First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school.  Those seniors must also must have been accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi, or have intentions of 2018 fall 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 sbonds@msora.org or by phone at 662-841-1960.
Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to:

Susan Bonds

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

Midtown Pointe

499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1

Tupelo, MS 38801

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For media inquiries:

Chuck Stinson

Director of Community Services and Relations

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

cstinsons@msora.org

601.936.8610 (work)

601.383.1221 (cell)

At present, approximately 1,300 Mississippians and 116,000+ 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.

MORA Scholarship Information

In the month of May, the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be presenting up to 15 – $500 scholarships to high school seniors across Mississippi that have a belief in the lifesaving and life improving gifts that organ, eye and tissue donation can be for others.

“We are excited to offer scholarships to high school seniors that believe in our mission to improve and save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA. “Whether these high school seniors have a connection to donation through a personal experience or just a strong belief in the Gift of Donation, we want to show our appreciation through these scholarships. We know that these seniors will continue to promote donation at their next level of education and their testimonials can be more powerful than any brochure or written material that they could share.”

Certain criteria must be met by seniors applying for a scholarship. They must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school. They also must be accepted by or have intentions of Fall 2015 enrollment into a Mississippi Community College or in-state university. They also must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation from one teacher and 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.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Friday, March 6th, 2015 to:
Susan Bonds
c/o Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
Midtown Pointe
499 Gloster Creek, Suite D4
Tupelo, MS 38801

Scholarship winners will be notified after Friday, April 3rd, 2015. For more information concerning these scholarships you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Specialist via email at sbonds@msora.org or by phone at 662-841-1960.

At present, more than 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000+ 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 21 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 as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org