Centralia High School Senior Derek Sibbald organized his second scholarship drive this December at the Centralia Community Church of God. The first drive he co-hosted with friend in late August. The August drive registered 59 whole blood donors and his December drive registered 35 whole blood donors and 5 platelet donors! Derek shares why hosting these scholarship drives has meant so much to him.
As a resident of Centralia, Derek has been very involved in the community: participating in activities with his church, community service projects, and being actively involved at Centralia High School through clubs and leadership opportunities. In his off time, Derek enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and cheering on the Seahawks.
Participating in clubs at school, like Future Business Leaders of America, has been one of Derek’s favorite things to do. He likes competing in events and supporting community service projects.
The big event of the year is helping at his schools very own blood drive. The blood drive at Centralia High School introduced Derek to Bloodworks Northwest, where he further learned that Bloodworks is “an absolute godsend” to the community, supplying blood to local hospitals from local donors.
Derek and his friend decided to get more involved last summer by hosting their very own scholarship blood drive in Centralia. They wanted their blood drive to help the local community thrive, while also supporting their college education.
Derek takes pride that several lives have been saved from his scholarship drives, local lives at that.
The scholarship reward is an added benefit that will support his college education at St. Martin’s University where he has been accepted and will attend as a freshman in the fall of 2017.
Derek is honored that he can now add blood drives to the many things he has done for the community, from being 6th grade camp counselor, to helping the homeless. He says that the blood drives have been the most rewarding!
High school and college students can earn money for college while saving lives! Learn more at bloodworksnw.org/scholarship. There is no limit to the number of scholarship drives a student can host.