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UBS scholarship deadline Feb. 27

Hard work on a United Blood Services high school blood drive could be rewarded with a $1,000 college scholarship. Just four weeks remain to apply for the Spirit of Giving scholarship, which was donated by Kelly Kubicki, Mrs. Arizona International 2006. One deserving high school blood drive committee member will be rewarded for blood drive leadership at their high school. Mrs. Arizona International 2006 is scheduled to present the scholarship to the recipient during the week of June 14, in honor of World Blood Donor Day.

"Be who you are, do what you love, make a difference and change the world," has always been the personal motto for Mrs. Arizona International 2006. Having chosen United Blood Services as the platform during her reign, Kubicki established the scholarship to inspire high school students across the state to make a difference for Arizona hospital patients. The Spirit of Giving scholarship will be paid to the school of the recipient's choice, an accredited post-secondary educational program during the following school year. Blood drive committee members from among approximately 150 Arizona schools that participate in United Blood Services High School Blood Drive Challenge are eligible to apply. Qualified applicants must -

• Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA.

• Be a student in good standing on target to graduate in May 2009.

• Serve in a leadership role on the school's blood drive committee.

• Host a minimum of two blood drives per school year.

• Submit the complete application to United Blood Services/Arizona by Feb. 27.

According to Audrey Jennings, Executive Director for United Blood Services/Arizona, one out of every 13 blood transfusions in Arizona last year was provided by a donor at a high school blood drive.

"High school students have shown their community spirit by becoming blood donors," she said. "We are so pleased to help further develop a deserving student's leadership skills by offering a college scholarship."

For more information on the Spirit of Giving Scholarship, students should contact United Blood Services at (480) 675-5642. Applications with complete details can be downloaded on-line at www.UnitedBloodServicesAZHS.org and must be submitted to the address listed by Feb. 29. Applications should be sent to Spirit of Giving Scholarship, United Blood Services/Arizona, C/O Spirit of Giving Scholarship, 6220 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257, ATTN: Denise Gotcher.

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