The 2020 Infinite Hope Scholarship Program from The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (LLF) is now open and accepting submissions. Eligible high school seniors who reside within The LLF’s service area* (see below) can submit one project for scholarship consideration through August 31, 2020 and have a chance at winning up to $1,000 towards their college education!

Scholarships will be awarded to select students who submit a persuasive project that engages and motivates individuals to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Please refer to the instructions and rules for more details about project requirements.

About the Scholarship Sponsor

As the organ procurement organization (OPO) for Maryland (with the exception of Montgomery, Prince Georges, and Charles counties), The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland facilitates donation and transplantation in area hospitals, provides donor family support, and educates about the life-saving and healing power of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

We are passionate about saving and enhancing lives while honoring the legacy and generosity of our donors and their families. 

Eligibility

Students applying for this scholarship must be current high school seniors residing in and attending school (or home-schooled) in a Maryland county within The LLF’s service area*. Students must be planning on attending college in Fall 2020 and must submit proof of acceptance with their scholarship application. 

Project Requirements

Students applying for this award must submit one of the project options below:

Video: Create a short educational video to promote the cause of organ, eye, and tissue donation. The video should:

-        Educate the audience about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

-        Debunk two myths about organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation.

-        Be between 2-4 minutes in length.

-        Be submitted in a file format supported by Windows Media Player (.WMV, .MP4, .AIF, etc.).

-        Include two external cited sources, submitted separately in a Word document.

Written essay: Write an essay about what organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation means to you. Your essay should:

-        Include two important facts about organ, eye, and tissue donation.

-        Debunk two donation myths.

-        Essay should not exceed 500 words.

-        Essay should be submitted in a Word document (.doc) format.

-        Include two external cited sources.

Submissions will be judged based on the student’s clear, concise, and well-written essay that meets the requirements.

Judging

Scholarship submission projects will be judged by an advisory panel selected internally by The LLF. Criteria will include persuasiveness, passion of the argument, storytelling, adherence to the competition topic, originality, and citations of correct information. Judges’ decisions are final. The LLF reserves the right to award all scholarships (four in all), fewer (less than four), or none based on the number of qualified applicants and their eligibility, suitability, and quality.

Deadline to Submit:
Thursday, July 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Rules:
Official rules can be found at 2020 Scholarship Rules.

To Submit:
2020 Scholarship submission Form


Winners:
Winners ONLY will be notified directly. Winners will be officially announced to the public on The LLF’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) by August 31, 2020. Winners will be invited to attend a staff meeting of The LLF to formally receive their award.

*Note: You MUST reside in the state of Maryland, in one of the following county or county equivalents, to be eligible for this scholarship: Allegany County, Carroll County, Harford County, St. Mary's County, Anne Arundel County, Cecil County, Howard County, Somerset County, Baltimore City, Kent County, Talbot County, Baltimore County, Dorchester County, Washington County, Calvert County, Frederick County, Wicomico County, Caroline County, Garrett County, Queen Anne's County, and Worcester County.

NOT eligible for this award are Maryland residents of Prince Georges, Charles, and Montgomery counties - please refer to the Legacy of Life Scholarship from Washington Regional Transplant Community for potential awards for that area.

Questions? Contact us at communications@thellf.org.