Cascade Regional Blood Services (CRBS), your community blood center, is dedicated to supporting local high school and college students pursuing higher education through the CRBS Scholarship Program. This program aims to:

  • Educate and increase awareness of the need to Give Back through life-long blood donation and volunteer service.
  • Celebrate and promote community involvement.
  • Share the importance of helping others through blood donation.
  • Help students obtain transferable skills in areas such as leadership, marketing, and the health care industry.

The program will award four $500 scholarships to students in partnering* high schools and colleges. Submitted applications will be reviewed by a committee created by CRBS made up of individuals in the medical, marketing, business, and community relations fields.

2018 Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 CRBS Give Back Scholarship. Each winner demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievements and community service. The personal statements and letters of recommendation were truly inspiring.

Isabelle is a senior at Eatonville HS and will be attending Whitworth University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and become a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse. Isabelle participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and The Big Climb in Seattle with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is a 4.0 student and clocked 300 hours of volunteer hours; 100 of those at Good Samaritan Hospital. Isabelle fought Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia as a toddler. She went through two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy and received two blood transfusions. She states, “I am alive today because of donors that were so willing to donate to help save lives”. As a childhood cancer survivor she has “a greater appreciation for life and I live my life knowing that I was lucky enough to get a second chance.” Eatonville HS Principal, John Paul Colgan states “Isabelle is a ‘Difference Maker’ fueled by optimism, hope, and positive outcomes!”

Victoria is a senior at Auburn Riverside HS and will be headed to the University of Missouri – Kansas City, to pursue a Bachelor of Arts & MD (a combined 6-year direct med program). She is a 4.0 student and volunteered over 200 hours at the Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, China this past summer. She worked in various wards throughout the hospital; which showed her “the extreme necessity of blood, especially in developing countries.” She states “volunteering in the Blood Transfusion Department showed me the intricacy needed in blood testing and storage.” Upon her return she began “educating my peers on the criticality of blood donations, urging them to spread the word and donate themselves.” Along with her Sports Medicine classmates, Victoria managed the two-day blood drive at Auburn Riverside HS, and is pleased that her school was nominated for Blood Drive of the Year. But “most importantly, we helped save (many) beautiful lives”.

Natalie attends Auburn Mountainview HS and plans to major in Mathematics at Washington State University. Her GPA is 3.97 and volunteered over 100 hours this year at the MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Auburn in the Urgent Care branch, and as a ‘Rounding Cart’ volunteer in the Medical Center. She reflects on her time there as a “very positive experience” and is grateful for the opportunity to work with patients and learn valuable skills from the “amazing team of nurses”. Natalie states she “gained valuable interpersonal skills that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life”. She is “happy to have been a part of a system that not only taught me important lessons, but allowed me to leave an impact on the patients that I interacted with as I hopefully brightened their visit to our clinic.

Eve, currently at Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA), will attend Loyola Marymount University to pursue a double major in Dance and Health & Human Sciences. She then plans to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist. Eve’s GPA is 3.89 and amassed an astonishing 619.5 volunteer hours during her high school years, working with various organization in her community. Eve states “my community is my family. That’s probably why I’m so determined to make my community the best it can be.” For her, “leadership means figuring out how best to serve my community.” Eve coordinated SOTA’s school blood drive this year; with great success. She is proud that SOTA is the school district’s smallest school, yet had the highest number of donors of all Tacoma’s high schools.

We are honored to be a part of these students’ dreams and goals and wish them the best as they embark on their educational journey.

Congratulations graduates! We are so proud of you!

How to Apply

DEADLINE FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR: APRIL 19, 2019

  • Complete the Cascade Regional Blood Services Scholarship Program Application Form; link below.
  • Write an essay of 500 words or less on your community service and/or involvement with a blood drive. Include word count.
  • Submit community service experience of 20+ hours; clearly documented and signed off by appropriate supervisor/leadership.
  • Prepare a resume including three references. In addition, letters of recommendation are accepted, but are not required.
  • Digital photo and Model Release Form will be requested (but not required) of the scholarship recipients.

GUIDELINES

  • Submissions must adhere to the Give Back philosophy.
  • Videos will not be considered.
  • Each entry will be evaluated on quality, creativity, content, accuracy, and persuasiveness.
  • One entry per student; entries may not be shared.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (Unofficial Transcript Required)
  • Complete and document 20+ hours of community service during the present school year; approved by supervisor / leadership.
  • Your school must host at least one blood drive with Cascade Regional Blood Services during the school year in which the scholarship recipients are chosen.
  • The scholarship will be available to any student regardless of whether he or she donates blood.
  • The student must attend an institution of higher learning in the year following award of the scholarship; this will include community colleges technical colleges, and four year universities.
  • One entry per student.

Application packet must be postmarked by April 19, 2019. Submit to:

Marketing Department
Cascade Regional Blood Services
P.O. Box 2113
Tacoma, WA 98401-2113

Please direct scholarship questions to: marketing@crbs.net.
No application fee. Award winners will be notified by May 17, 2019

partnering with high schools and colleges to support higher education

Sponsor a Blood Drive

Hosting a blood drive with Cascade Regional Blood Services is a partnership. A CRBS Consultant will work with you every step of the way to help make your drive a success.

KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DRIVE

Work with Leaders Within your School
  • Get support from school administrators, clubs, and students.
  • Work with a motivated group or club to sponsor the blood drive and take the lead.
  • Set your blood drive donor goals.
Plan the Date and Location
  • Check the calendar, plan ahead, and choose a date that does not conflict with major events such as holiday breaks, school-wide exams, or other special events within your school or community.
  • Find a suitable location.
Recruit Donors
  • Create teams of ambassadors to help recruit donors for the blood drive.
  • People who are not eligible to give blood can help with the drive in other ways.
  • Use all communication channels available to advertise the blood drive — email, social media, newspapers, bulletin boards, and morning announcements.

CASCADE REGIONAL BLOOD SERVICES WILL

  • Help determine logistics of the blood drive including: location, hours, and type of blood drive most suitable for your school.
  • Help determine an appropriate blood drive goal and how many donors to expect.
  • Help provide ideas on how to recruit donors.
  • Promote the drive through social media, the crbs.net website, and provide posters.
  • Bring equipment and supplies to your site, set up the blood drive, and tear down at the end.
  • Our medical team will confidentially screen donors and collect donations safely and professionally.
  • Supply snacks for the canteen.

For more information about sponsoring a Blood Drive, call 253-383-2553 and speak to Donor Resource Support.


*Schools that host at least one blood drive with Cascade Regional Blood Services during the school year in which the scholarship is awarded.