Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is pleased to announce that 41 area high school seniors have been awarded a $500 college scholarship for their participation in the Students for Life High School Partnership Program. The program is designed to reward student volunteers at schools that hold blood drives with CBCO.

The Students for Life program is funded by generous contributions from area hospitals that utilize blood products provided by CBCO donors. Since the program began in 2004, nearly $150,000 in college scholarships and monetary grants have been awarded to students and schools in the CBCO service region.

“The Students for Life program allows students to grow in two main ways,” said CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson. “It gives students the opportunity to see the tremendous impact they can have on lives through blood donation and community service. It also gives them an opportunity to further their education with some financial assistance.  I congratulate this year’s scholarship winners, and I thank our underwriters for their help.”

Applicants were required to help, either as a volunteer or coordinator, during blood drives at their respective schools. Students were required to submit a 300 to 350 word essay on the topic, “Why should healthy people donate blood on a regular basis?” Those essays were reviewed by a committee of volunteers throughout the CBCO service region to determine the winners.

Area winners are Ryan Johnson, Laquey; and Larissa Boyce, Richland.