The Blood Bank High School Scholarship Program allows seniors the opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of donating blood for our cancer patients through creating a research project. Each submission will be evaluated and scored by an independent committee, and points are awarded for creativity and originality. Your ideas will help us in our mission of Making Cancer History®.
$25,000 will be awarded to Houston-area high school seniors.
- Be a graduating senior (regardless of whether or not you donate blood)
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- Plan to attend an institution of higher learning for following school year
- Send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested in applying by February 28, 2021
- Email an application by February 28, 2021
- Provide an unofficial copy of transcript
- Submit an electronic version of your project to email@example.com in PDF format by April 25, 2021
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested in applying by February 28, 2021
- Email your completed application by February 28, 2021 to receive project template
- One entry per student
- School name cannot appear anywhere in the project. The project will be disqualified.
- Submit an electronic, research poster (template will be provided after student submits application) in PDF format summarizing one research question and research findings by April 25, 2021
Project should research and answer one of these questions:
- How does a person’s knowledge of blood donation, their attitude towards blood donation, and their motivation to give affect their decision to donate blood?
- Among a high school population, what motivates first-time donors to become repeat donors?
- What barriers to blood donation exist in your community and what are some strategies to overcome these barriers?
- Should monetary compensation for blood donation be considered a standard approach for blood centers in the U.S.?
- What socio-demographic factors influence voluntary blood donation in your community?
- How can a school cultivate an environment of volunteerism for an emergent blood donation program to help their community?
Points will be awarded for:
- Clear understanding of the research topic
- Demonstrating solid use of research methods
- Explaining research results with current data
- Presenting a solid conclusion with relevant findings
- Use of graphic images which add value to the overall research
- Creativity and originality
Due to our response to COVID-19, all blood donations at MD Anderson
Blood Donor Center locations are being held by appointment only.