Student's drive helps cut tuition costs

July 06, 2007|By KAREN HANNA

BOONSBORO - Courtney Monninger, the former president of Boonsboro High School's student council, was active in her church and extracurricular activities before graduating this summer.

The 18-year-old said she plans to spend her freshman year at Liberty University focusing on two things: academics and her faith.

"I think it will kind of help me keep focused on my education and my faith," Monninger said of the strict Christian code of conduct at Liberty University, founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

As a member of The LifeHouse, Monninger said she helps in the children's nursery.

To give back to her community and help pay for her schooling, Monninger is organizing a blood drive for the American Red Cross. She said she will receive a scholarship based on how much blood is donated at the July 14 drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hagerstown donor center on Conrad Court.


"For every unit given, you (can) save three lives. That's why I said, 'I need school money, and what better way to do it than to save lives while I'm at it?'" Monninger said.

American Red Cross public relations specialist Tara Harrington said students in high school and college can earn money toward a college or university of their choice through the Make a Difference scholarship program. The organizer of a blood drive that brings in 30 to 55 units earns a scholarship of $500, Harrington said.

Harrington said the scholarship amounts increase to $750 for 56 to 100 units of blood. Students who organize blood drives that result in more than 250 units of blood get $1,750.

Suzanne Loizos, the donor resource director for the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross, said the scholarships are designed to reward students, as well as get them interested in donating blood. Many students who donate blood continue donating as adults, she said.

"That's where we actually get our major blood supply from is from high schools," Loizos said.

Monninger said she is hopeful that promotions will encourage people to donate blood. All donors will have the choice of backstage passes for the Music Saves Lives/Warped Tour or a cooler and the chance to win tickets to the 2008 Daytona 500.

After visiting Liberty University, Monninger - who participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, chorus, National Honor Society and We the People competition - said she knew right away she wanted to be on the campus. An aspiring political science or psychology major, Monninger said she had considered Salisbury and Towson universities.

"I called my mom and I said, 'There's no way I could go to a state school, knowing that this is out here,'" Monninger said.

If you go...

Boonsboro High School graduate Courtney Monninger can earn scholarship money from the American Red Cross based on how many people donate blood at a drive she is organizing.

The drive is July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hagerstown donor center at 1131 Conrad Court.

High school and college students who are interested in organizing a blood drive for scholarship money may call Suzanne Loizos, the donor resource director for the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross, at 301-739-0717, ext. 219.

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