Organ donation scholarships

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2019

12 were awarded last year

Staff Report

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA)’s 2019 scholarship application process is now open. MORA will present $6,500 in scholarships in May to high school seniors who demonstrate an understanding of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Mississippi and across the country.

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In 2018, a record number of applicants (271) from a record number of high schools (117) applied for one of the eleven $500 scholarships and the $1,000 Annie Lucious Gift of Life scholarship that were awarded.

Seniors applying for the MORA scholarships must meet certain criteria.  First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school.  Those seniors must also must have been accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi, or have intentions of 2019 fall enrollment.

They must also have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation one from a teacher and one from an adult of the student’s choice. They also need to include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about how they or their family has been affected by donation or transplantation, why they are or want to be a registered donor or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the scholarship application, contact Susan Bonds, Community Outreach Coordinator, at or at 841-1960. You can also obtain a copy of the scholarship application at The deadline for the application is Feb. 11.