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Donate Life - Nebraska - Michael Peters Memorial - Donate Life Nebraska Scholarship

Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Awareness Program
Opportunity for High School SeniorsMichaelPeters

The purpose of this scholarship is to educate high school students about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation. 95% of Americans are in favor of organ donation but only 54% have taken the initiative to become registered donors. In the words of Michael Peters, “The steps to register as a donor are absurdly simple: All anyone has to do is mark “yes” on their driver’s license application. That means every single person of driving age in the entire country could enroll to give.” By increasing awareness, we help motivate and inspire others to make the decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor – providing hope to the 400+ Nebraskans who are awaiting life-saving organ transplants.

This is an essay contest sponsored by Donate Life Nebraska. There will be one $1,000 scholarship awarded to a Nebraska high school senior. The award is in memory of Michael Peters, a heart and kidney recipient who was a screenwriting student at Loyola Marymount University and a life-long advocate for organ donation. A gifted writer, Michael shared his thoughts on organ donation in this article “My life was saved by an organ donor” published by The Los Angeles Loyolan, April 21, 2015.


  • High school senior attending public school, private school or home school in Nebraska
  • Have a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Intend to enroll in an accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school.


  1. Submit the attached application by April 15, 2017.
  2. Write a persuasive essay that will inspire and motivate the audience to register as organ, eye and tissue donors based on either of two topics.
    • A Personal Story involving organ transplant, cornea or tissue donation.
    • An Informative Essay on organ transplant, cornea or tissue donation.
  3. All essays should be no more than 750 words.
  4. Because Michael Peters was a life-long advocate for organ donation, the essay should include a “Call to Action” to sign-up on the Nebraska State Donor Registry at



An impartial selection committee will evaluate each application and essay. Upon review of all applications, the final committee will select the winning essay for award.

The scholarship award will be sent to the institution the student plans to attend upon verification of enrollment. If the recipient has already been awarded a full scholarship, the award may be used for school related expenses (books, lab fees, etc.). Recipients will need to provide photo identification. Please feel free to make copies and distribute to teachers, counselors, and students. Also, please post in the counseling offices, student portals and school website.

Essay Contest Application Form


2017 Scholarship Recipients

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Lucy Cordes

Lucy will be attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts this fall.









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Reilly Jackson

Reilly will be attending University of Nebraska - Lincoln this fall.