Sealy grad gets Blood Center scholarship


Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center recently presented a $500 Commit for Life scholarship to student essay winner Brendon Beckendorff at the Sealy High School.

Beckendorff plans to study petroleum engineering at Texas A&M in the fall.

The Blood Center needs 800–1,000 donations a day to serve patients in the community. Currently, all blood donations are being tested for the COVID-19 antibody.

“It’s incredibly important for people to step up to donate for the 170-plus hospitals that we serve on a daily basis,” said Kevin Shipley, Director of Donor Recruitment at The Blood Center.

The Blood Center asks anyone who is feeling healthy and well to check for an available appointment or download the Digital Donor app. Face masks are required, but The Blood Center can provide one to donors. Each donation earns Donor Rewards points, which can be redeemed for gift cards at retail stores like and Target.

The Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is a nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Food and Drug Administration. For more information, visit


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