Student organizes blood drive for scholarship

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ALPHARETTA, Ga.  Maggie Thrailkill, 17, is coordinating a blood drive for a chance at a college scholarship. The drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Crabapple First Baptist Church, 12760 Birmingham Highway.

Thrailkill is organizing the drive to work toward a college scholarship.

The scholarship is through the American Red Cross’ “Student Leaders Save Lives Scholarship” program. The blood drive coordinators can receive a $2,000 or $1,000 scholarship by hosting a successful event.

Thrailkill found out about the program while searching for scholarships online.

“I can do that,” Thrailkill said.

Candidates must be 16 years or older, submit an application and be selected as a coordinator. Once selected, the student will work with the American Red Cross to organize a blood drive. If the coordinator collects 25 pints from 25 donors, they will be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship. If they collect 50 pints from 50 donors they can receive a $2,000 scholarship.

In the U.S., every two seconds someone needs blood. Each pint donated can save up to three lives. The program allows students to gain experience for college applications or resumes.

“I really did learn a lot,” Thrailkill said.

Preplanning and teamwork are two of the lessons Thrailkill said she learned while organizing the drive.

Thrailkill is an upcoming senior at Veritas Classical School, a home school program based in Alpharetta.

She said she plans to attend the University of Georgia or Georgia Southern University to study business and marketing, which she plans to put to good use. “My ultimate goal upon completing college is to manage a bakery,” said Thrailkill.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. You can make an appointment by entering sponsor code maggie at www.redcrossblood.org.

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