Scholarship Students Gives Back Not Once, but Thrice!

by Claire DeRoin

If anyone knows the benefits of LifeServe Blood Center’s scholarship program, it’s Kade Hellmann. As an almost two gallon blood donor, he is clearly not afraid to lead by example. 

“If I am expecting people to donate at a scholarship blood drive for myself, why should I not be donating too?” Kade mused. “I am going into nursing so I feel like I have a perspective on how important it is to have blood available for recipients.”

LifeServe Blood Center’s scholarship program was designed to help local students help their communities. High school and college students can work with one of LifeServe’s territory representatives to organize and recruit blood donors for a blood drive during high-need times of the year. If a student brings in 40 blood donors, they’ll will a $500 scholarship. The best part, as Kade discovered, is that it’s not a one-time only process. Students can host as many blood drives as they’re able!

Kade, a student at South Dakota State University, is currently planning his third scholarship blood drive with LifeServe. For Kade, his blood drives have almost become less of a scholarship project and more of a lifesaving passion.

“Scholarship blood drives are a great way to give back to the community,” he explained. “I realize that if I get 40 donors, I receive a scholarship. The thing is, how many scholarships that you apply for do you put in the same amount of work and just get an email if you do not get the scholarship? With this blood drive, even if I do not meet the 40 donor goal and only get 25 donors, that is still 75 possible lives saved by me. That is 25 units of blood that would not have been collected and 25 units that would not be there if they were needed.”

South Dakota and northern Nebraska Territory Representative Rachel Fernandez has worked with Kade on all of his blood drives and looks forward to each new scholarship experience. “Kade makes a great scholarship blood drive student because of his personal drive and commitment to giving back to his community,” she said. “He understands the importance of blood donation and works hard to recruit current and new donors to help him achieve his goal.”

If Kade’s motivation and selflessness could be bottled, we’d never see a blood shortage. With his continued help, that certainly won’t be an issue in Tyndall, South Dakota. He’s got big plans for the future.

“This is a drive I hope to host at least every semester of school I have left!” Kade said. “Hosting a blood drive can do so much more good for a community than a 500 word essay.”