Siouxland Community Blood Bank announces April schedule

The Siouxland Community Blood Bank announces the schedule for mobile blood drives in April 2010. Over 100 blood drives are scheduled throughout the tri-state area during the month.

April is a busy month at the Siouxland Community Blood Bank as many schools are holding their final blood drive of the school year.  Additionally, the schools will be determining their eligibility requirements for their recipients of the "Gift of Life" scholarship offered on behalf of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank.

"We began the scholarship program four years ago as a way to recognize these schools that do so much for our organization," said Heather Marreel, director of recruitment.  "This year, we are anticipating almost 100 schools receiving a scholarship."

The amount of the scholarship is determined by the number of blood drives the high school holds during the year as well as the total number of registered donors at all of those blood drives.  "Scholarship amounts can range from $100 to almost $1,000", said Marreel.  "It's really up to the school and the students to determine how much they earn."

The student receiving the scholarship is selected from the school's own criteria. The student does not have to be a blood donor. In 2009, thirty-two students received scholarships to help with their post-secondary education.

The funds used to support the scholarship program are raised at the Siouxland Blood Bank's "Drive For Life" golf tournament held each summer. This year's tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 7 at Whispering Creek Golf Course in Sioux City.

Mobile blood drives will be held in Vermillion on April 21 and April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Muenster University Center on the University of South Dakota campus.  For more information, please call 1-800-798-4208 or visit www.siouxlandbloodbank.org.

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