Congratulations to Alicia Clarke, a senior at Cazenovia Central High School who was recently named as the recipient of the 4th annual Margaret L. Henderson Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship, funded and named after the former executive of the American Red Cross Central New York Chapter, is awarded to a young woman in her junior or senior year of high school who has a connection with the Red Cross as a volunteer, blood donor, intern or supporter.
After her best friend was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of 15 and needed a year-long stay at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Alicia recognized the importance of blood donations and the work of the Red Cross. Because of this personal connection, Alicia started to coordinate blood drives in her school and community, making sure the drives run smoothly and donation spots are filled.
“Blood drive volunteering propagates my feeling of commitment as I rally for this significant purpose,” Alicia wrote in her scholarship application.
Along with her volunteer work as a Red Cross School and Blood Drive Community Coordinator, Alicia volunteers with her Girl Scout Troop and CazCares food pantry and clothing closet. Her diverse list of interests and skills also include sports (track/tennis), classical ballet, music (chorus/guitar), Girl Scout recycling program initiatives, multi-county equestrian/agricultural events, emergency medical student volunteer, bilingual elementary translator, and Samaritan Soup Kitchen helper
Alicia will attend Union College in Schenectady this fall to study Public Health and Biological Science. Alicia hopes to join the American Red Cross Club at college and continue her volunteer work throughout her academic career and beyond.
“It is my dream to study in an impoverished country, relentlessly overcoming difficult situations,” she wrote. “I am the ambassador standing ready, willing and able, whose perpetuating indomitable spirit will campaign for the American Red Cross, seeing first-hand my meaningful works come full circle.”
Photo (from left to right): Rita Reicher, chair of the American Red Cross of Central New York Board of Directors; Julie Mucilli, Volunteer Specialist for the American Red Cross of Central New York; 2015 Margaret L. Henderson Scholarship recipient Alicia Clarke; Alicia’s parents, Robin and Jim Clarke, of Cazenovia.