Scholarship gets a new name
Every year, Miller Keystone Blood Center awards a scholarship to an eligible area high school senior.
“There are requirements for the award,” said Naomi Pratt, director of volunteer services. “They must be volunteers for at least two calendar years, have accumulated 135 hours of volunteer service and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.”
The award amount is being increased and renamed to honor lifelong Catasauqua residents Ralph “Bill” Younger and his wife, Jacqueline.
“We liked to work the mobile van during blood drives,” Jacqueline Younger said Dec. 16, at an event at the Miller-Keystone facility in Bethlehem. “The high school students always helped out, and they were such nice kids.”
The Youngers contributed more than 25,000 hours of service to the blood center. Bill Younger died in 2015, after serving as a donor aide and canteen attendant for a total of 14,000 hours. Jackie serves as a canteen attendant, volunteering more than 11,000 hours.
Janet Busse, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Miller-Keystone, commented on the importance of volunteers.
“We are always in need of volunteers,” she said. “We have 400 that assist us, and without them, we could not provide our service.
“In addition to their volunteer service, Bill and Jackie were dedicated blood donors. They donated more than 43 gallons, saving thousands of lives in our community.
“The continued presentation of this scholarship award in Bill and Jackie’s name ensures that Bill’s legacy, and the commitment both he and Jackie had for the blood center and for our community, will live on.”
Peter Castagna, chief executive officer, endorsed the name change on the scholarship award. It is now designated as the Ralph (Bill) and Jacqueline Younger Volunteer Scholarship Award.
The Younger family is contributing $1,500 annually to fund the award. The original award was $1,000.
“I always enjoyed working with the high school students during the blood drives,” Jaqueline Younger said.
When asked about how things have changed over her decades of service, she mentioned some of the trips she took with her husband.
“We used to go to New Jersey and even Philadelphia,” she said. “Those were long drives.”
The student volunteer scholarship award acknowledges outstanding student volunteer participation at the blood center by a graduating high school senior and is presented in recognition of the importance of student volunteerism to the health and welfare of the community. The student must be attending an accredited post-secondary educational program during the following school year.
For more information on the scholarship or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-B-A-DONOR or visit GIVEaPINT.org.