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How Does the Donor Program Work?

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Gift of Life Donor Program works with hospitals and families throughout the region to help make transplants possible for thousands of patients.

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Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund

The family and friends of Jessica Beth Schwartz continue to honor her memory with a scholarship fund, available to college-bound transplant recipients. Jessie received a heart transplant, and always stayed focused on her goal of college education, and this fund is meant to support those high school students who share that dream. Funds for the scholarship are raised primarily through the Transplant Foundation and Jessie's Day, an art auction and music celebration held each September. Donations can be made online here.

Meet the 2015 Scholarship recipients!

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Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship, funded through the Transplant Foundation (the charitable foundation supporting the mission of Gift of Life Donor Program) awards $2,500 yearly to a transplant recipient under the age of 25 who is a senior in high school or enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college, university, or trade/technical school.

To apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a solid organ transplant recipient
  • Be a senior in high school or presently enrolled in a 2 or 4-year college, university, or trade/technical school
  • Reside in Gift of Life region (Eastern half of Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey or Delaware)
  • Be under 25 years old
  • Use scholarship award for continuing education at accredited college, university, or trade/technical school certificate program during 2012-2013 academic year
  • Write a short essay (200 words or less) describing an educational initiative to promote organ and tissue donation and transplantation awareness in high school students
  • Provide a personal statement (500 words or less) summarizing their transplant story and extracurricular and/or volunteer activities
  • Provide two letters of reference from a non-relative (eg. from Transplant Center)
  • Provide current transcript and/or acceptance letter from college, university, or trade/technical school

The 2016 Application is now available below! Due date is April 5, 2016.

Download 2016 Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Application

2016 Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Application - 645.0KB
The Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund, along with Transplant Foundation and Gift of Life, will award up to four $2,500 scholarships to young transplant recipients who are pursuing higher education. Applications are due (postmarked by) April 5, 2016.

Faces of Organ Donation: Jessica Beth Schwartz

Jessica Beth Schwartz was able to experience 8 1/2 additional years of life because of the gift of donation. Her mother Janice Schwartz Donahue continues to keep Jessica's legacy alive by giving other transplant children an opportunity to pursue higher education.

Jessie's Day

Each September, Jessie's family and friends hold a big fundraiser to help raise money for the scholarship through raffles, door prizes and tickets. Learn more about Jessie's Day.

Click HERE to contribute to the scholarship fund.

Photos from the Jessie's Day Celebration fundraiser

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Delay = Death - Pass HB 30!

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Pennsylvania elected officials have a deadly pattern. Since 2014, they’ve blocked 28 people from becoming organ donors – after those people or their families made clear they wanted to give the gift of life. Help us pass House Bill 30!


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