Cascade Regional Blood Services is dedicated to supporting local high school and college students pursuing higher education through the CRBS Give Back 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 awards scholarships ranging from $500 – $2,000 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.

2019 Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 CRBS Give Back Scholarship. Each winner demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievements and community service. The personal statements and letters of recommendation were truly inspiring.

Antoinique finished her senior year at Clover Park High School with a 3.2 GPA and completed 51.40 service hours. One of her outlets was the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AF JROTC), which “develops citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” She plans to attend Northwest University to study Pre-Med and Psychology. “During my high school career, I have been incredibly grateful to be a part of many different community service opportunities. Antoinique also was a HR Intern at Evergreen College, has shadowed CNA’s in a skilled nursing facility and continues to spend time serving her church community. Antoinique especially highlighted her capacity serving in her church. “The church is my community. I feel I have really impacted the people I work with in my class and I hope my actions reflect my words.” She currently manages the high school tennis team, and has provided a donation at a CRBS blood drive.

Natalie’s recommendation letters describe her as being a progressive and contemplative thinker, in addition to being a strong leader. She finished her senior year at Lincoln High School with a 3.5 GPA and completed 825 volunteer hours. She plans to attend Western Washington University to study creative writing and special education. “A program works like a beehive, each honeybee doing their part with their delicate wings.” Natalie participated in the Key Club, coordinated school blood drives, coached the soccer team and served as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) member. She also served at a local food bank and church. “I dream of who I am, who I want to be, and what I want to avoid,” she explained.” Natalie’s Spanish teacher, Karina Bauza-Schuler, stated she has “clear goals and can plan to overcome obstacles to achieve them.” Her AP Literature teacher, Patrick McDermott, also spoke highly. “Her contributions are invariably thoughtful. And I saw her voice grow in strength and confidence.”

Brisa’s parents migrated from Mexico, but despite her challenges, she chose to overcome them. Her focus has been bridging the gap for her Non-English speaking peers. Brisa is completing her junior year at Clover Park High School with a 3.338 GPA and clocked 69 service hours. “I use my knowledge in certain subjects to help other students like me have better opportunities than I did,” she explained. “I see myself through these students and I feel the need to help them succeed.” She tutors them in biology, translates lectures, and assists with homework. She also coaches the soccer team at a nearby high school, stating it is important for her to serve people in the greater community too. Brisa also worked in the HS Main Office. “Our students have amazing futures. I am determined to be part of a change that will help students become better versions of themselves.” She also donated blood at their CRBS drive.

Dharma was nominated as one of the “Top 20 Outstanding Seniors” at Puyallup High School. She completed her senior year with a 3.992 GPA and 204 volunteer hours at Good Samaritan Hospital. She plans to attend UCLA to study Biology and Marketing and wants to pursue working with “Doctors Without Borders” as a physician. Mychal Limric, Dharma’s history teacher, said “I have been fortunate enough to follow her academic achievements. She is a true leader in our community.” Dharma has won multiple academic and athletic achievement awards, including Spanish, golf, tennis, and basketball to name a few. Emily Gaines, past employee at MultiCare, stated Dharma “is infectious and possesses the ability to make decisions in harsh or pressured environments.” Dharma referenced her admiration for doctors. “Physicians are superheroes,” she said. “I want to touch people’s lives like they do.” Dharma also volunteered at the food bank and donated blood at a HS CRBS drive.

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 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR: March 29, 2020

  • 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 March 29, 2020. 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 April 12, 2020

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 1-877-24-BLOOD or email marketing@crbs.net.


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