Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency is happy to share about our scholarship program for Mississippi senior high school graduates. We will be awarding the Allie Carruth Memorial Scholarship for $5,000, the Walker Wilbanks Scholarship for $2265, the Matthew Gaskin Memorial Scholarship for $1,000, the Chuck Stinson Memorial Scholarship for $1,000, the Annie Lucious Gift of Life Scholarship for $1,000, the Dr. Shirley Schlessinger Scholarship for $1,000 and two scholarships for $500 each to deserving students who apply for the scholarship and fulfill the requirements listed below. You do not have to be a registered donor to apply for the scholarships.

Scholarship Guidelines:

1. The student must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school.

2. After graduation from high school, the student must be accepted by or have intentions of fall enrollment in either a junior college or university.

3. Two letters of recommendation: one from a school teacher and one from an adult of your choice (It can be from another teacher).

4. An essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words will be required on one of the following topics:

      a. Why you are a registered organ and tissue donor

      b. The importance of encouraging others to be an organ and tissue donor

      c. How have you or your family been affected by organ and tissue donation or by transplantation of organs and /or tissue

       d. Why you want to be an organ and tissue donor


Postmarked no later than midnight Friday, October 27, 2023 —Mail to the address below. Be sure to include your scholarship application, your essay, and two letters of recommendation.

Mail to: MORA c/o Susan Bonds | PO Box 519 | Tishomingo, MS 38873



Scholarship winners will be notified in the spring of 2024

Walker Wilbanks Scholarship

The Wilbanks Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of Walker Wilbanks, a student-athlete at Jackson Preparatory School who became an organ donor hero in 2014. The scholarship amount $2265 (reflective of Walker’s baseball and football numbers).

A high school administrator, faculty, or staff member may nominate high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university in the fall. You may nominate more than one senior.

Include a one-page letter nominating students based on his or her character traits (i.e. courage, integrity, accountability, respect, responsibility, and concern for others)

Complete the Walker Wilbanks Scholarship Application Form and send with a letter of recommendation to or mail to:

MORA c/o Susan Bonds | PO Box 519 | Tishomingo, MS 38873