Tuesday, April 10, 2012



Photo: (L-R) Nathan Steinbrunner – 2011 Scholarship winner from Versailles High School and current freshman chemical engineering major at University of Dayton; Sher Patrick – CBC Marketing Manager; Lynda Hoffman – Vectren Community Affairs Manager; Andrew Keeler – CBC Donor Relations Director; Jodi Minneman – COO Blood Services; Tracy Morgan – CBC Donor Relations Manager

DAYTON, Ohio – Vectren Corporation will again reward local high students for their energy, ingenuity and leadership in championing the cause of blood donations by funding the 2012 Community Blood Center (CBC) and Vectren Lead the Way Scholarship Program.

CBC’s mission with Lead the Way is to motivate the region’s young adults to become our blood resource leaders of tomorrow. Vectren supports the program with an annual $5,000 donation to fund five $1,000 Lead the Way scholarships.

“It is inspiring to see organizations like the Community Blood Center encouraging Miami Valley youth to get involved in our communities,” said Vectren Community Affairs Manager Lynda Hoffman, who presented the 2012 scholarship check to CBC Thursday, April 5. “Getting youth involved in giving back to their communities at an early age and taking steps to further their education helps lead to a future of strong community leaders and we are proud to support this effort.”

“We are so proud of all our high school donors and thankful to their principals and staff who welcome us into their schools and support our drives,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman. “Lead the Way is a chance to help students who want to do even more, and Vectren is a wonderful partner in recognizing those students and supporting them.”

Lead the Way is open to all graduating high school seniors in CBC’s 15-country service area who are college bound and whose high school hosted a CBC blood drive during the 2011-12 academic year.
Applicants are asked to imagine themselves as the leader of their school’s blood drive and are challenged to create a winning Donor Recruitment Campaign.

Nathan Steinbrunner is a 2011 scholarship winner from Versailles High School. His award is helping him with tuition at the University of Dayton where he is a freshman chemical engineering major. An added reward for Nathan was seeing the t-shirt he designed for his blood drive campaign inspire the “iGave, iSaved, iTouched a Life” t-shirt that is now a donor gift at all CBC high school and college blood drives.
“Financially, the scholarship was very beneficial,” said Nathan. “But it also gave me a better appreciation of what Community Blood Center does, and it got me more involved on a daily basis. I was very active with blood drives in high school and I have continued that now in college.”

All candidates for the scholarship should send their application and blood drive marketing campaign to CBC and they must be postmarked by April 20. Five winners will be announced in May. Application forms are available online at www.givingblood.org. For more information contact Education Specialist Cristina Pickle at 937-461-3453 and bloodeducation@givingblood.org.

Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit www.givingblood.org.

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