Updated: June 29, 2014 2:18AM
Heartland Blood Centers is offering its inaugural Students Saving Summer scholarship program in appreciation of the high school and college students who account for 25 percent of its volunteer blood donors, according to a press release.
Students ages 17 to 21 can earn one of five $1,000 scholarships from Heartland by making at least one successful blood donation at any of Heartland’s mobile blood drives or center locations through Aug. 31. Family and friends can donate on behalf of the student, the release said.
The center location in the Southland is at 16100 Centennial Circle, Tinley Park, but blood drives are held in several towns.
All blood donors must download an entry form at www.heartlandbc.org and submit a completed form at the time of their blood donation.
During the summer months, Heartland Blood Centers needs to collect 56,000 units of blood needed for lifesaving transfusions for patients in local hospitals, the release said.
Visit www.heartlandbc.org for the official rules and locations of blood drives. Winners will be chosen based on a random drawing from among all eligible donors, according to the rules on the website.
For more information, contact Norma Strang at (630) 301-6178.