Mississippi organ recovery agency scholarship deadline nears

Mississippi organ recovery agency scholarship deadline nears

Flowood, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from MORA

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.

For more information contact:

Chuck Stinson

Director of Marketing & Media Relations

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

601. 936.8610 (work)