Cherokee Mullins, a senior in the Health Education II program at the Southeastern Career Center, Versailles, received a $531 scholarship from Indiana Blood Center on Awards Day.
The annual scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who participates in both blood drives and is pursuing a degree in a science, math, technology or health-related field.
By donating blood, students learn the values of volunteering, community involvement and altruism. High school blood donors discover that giving blood is quick and virtually painless. Studies show that people who learn to volunteer at an early age are more likely to make donating blood a lifelong practice.
Mullins has a close connection to the cause as she has a family member who required lifesaving blood transfusions. “Ever since that time, I have felt the need to give back and help wherever I can,” she noted. She plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College in the fall and pursue a nursing degree.