Must be a high school Senior with a GPA of 2.0 or above. Write a three page essay using one of the following topics:
A Personal story involving organ transplant or tissue donation.
An informative essay on organ transplant or tissue donation.
Sponsored by the Organ Transplant Awareness Program of New Mexico (OTAP)
The purpose of this scholarship is to promote organ and tissue donation as an important social responsibility while assisting New Mexico youth with higher education. Approximately 129,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant in the United States, and over one million will need a tissue transplant this calendar year. Over 750 New Mexicans await kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and intestine transplant. Unfortunately, many waiting will experience a decreased quality of life, remain visually impaired, or die before suitable organs and/or tissues become available. By increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation, we can help others make an informed decision about giving the gift of life.
The Betty Montoya Gift of Life Scholarship of OTAP will award two $1,000 scholarships to New Mexico high school seniors that meet the eligibility requirements. Students planning careers in health related occupations are especially encouraged to apply.
* See attachments for full scholarship details and the application form.