Blood drives set locally, OSU honors students, First Federal metes scholarships

Red Cross slates blood donation events in Newberg

The American Red Cross will hold a series of blood donation events in Newberg over the next several weeks as part of an initiative to increase the number of blood donors who are Black to help patients with sickle cell disease.

"The majority of those living with sickle cell disease are of African descent," a recent release from the organization said. "Many individuals who are Black have distinct markers on their blood cells that make their blood donations ideal for helping patients with sickle cell disease manage debilitating – and sometimes life threatening – effects like severe pain, organ failure and stroke."

Blood donation events in Newberg include from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Friends Center, 200 S. College St.; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St.; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Newberg Jeep Ram, 2809 Portland Road and from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Newberg Church of Christ, 2503 Haworth Ave.

For more information, including eligibility to donate, call 1-800-733-2767.

Local grads receive scholarships from First Federal

A pair of local high school graduates are among the 189 college-bound students included in First Federal's annual scholarship program, which topped $259,000 this year.

Olivia Veeman, a graduate of Veritas School, will utilize the scholarship money to attend Corban University in Salem. Madison Roque, a Newberg High School grad, will apply her scholarship cash to attend Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Newbergers on honor roll at OSU

Newberg natives Elyce Barr, a senior studying nutrition, and Fiona Mortensen, a junior majoring in pre-interiors, were recently added to the honor roll for the summer term at Oregon State University. To qualify, students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and at least 12 graded hours of course work.

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