2023 Scholarship Winner – Faith Curry
July 10, 2023
Indiana Donor Network Foundation awards $6,500 educational scholarship to sister of local organ donor hero
North Posey High School graduate bound for University of Louisville
POSEYVILLE, Ind. – Faith Curry was 9 when her older sister, Madison, suffered a heart arrhythmia. Hospitalized in a coma and kept alive with mechanical support, doctors told the family she wouldn’t survive.
Curry’s parents made the decision to donate her organs. Madison’s heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and intestine saved the lives of eight people.
“My sister proved what an amazing gift organ donation is,” Curry said.
Indiana Donor Network Foundation has awarded Curry a $6,500 scholarship. Each year, the foundation awards educational scholarships to deserving family members of Hoosier organ and tissue donors, transplant recipients, living donors and others. Recipients often become advocates for organ and tissue donation. The scholarships are funded by the foundation and contributions by Indiana Donor Network employees.
Those eligible for scholarships include both traditional and nontraditional students who submit an essay describing their career goals, experience with organ and tissue donation and transplantation, and personal goals.
“After my sister’s death, I started thinking about my future and how I wanted to help others and make an impact,” she said. “I want to be a licensed cosmetologist. I enjoy being able to help those around me feel good about themselves.”
Curry, a graduate of North Posey High School in Poseyville, Indiana, will attend University of Louisville this fall to study business administration.
Other scholarships awarded this year by Indiana Donor Network Foundation went to Ainsley Strothkamp of Carmel ($8,000), Molli Pearson of Chandler ($5,000), Brodie Forman of Corydon ($3,500) and Erica Swaim of Noblesville ($2,000). Read about the other 2023 scholarship winners here.
Indiana Donor Network’s mission is to save and enhance the quality of life through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Its vision is to be a leader in organ and tissue recovery. Founded in 1987, the organization coordinates donation in 85 of the state’s 92 counties and serves transplant hospitals throughout the U.S.
About Indiana Donor Network
The decision to become an organ, tissue and eye donor is a decision to give the gift of life. Indiana Donor Network serves as the vital link between donors and patients waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, healing tissue and corneas to restore sight. The organization is a federally designated organ recovery organization and accredited tissue bank serving 85 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Its team of more than 285 dedicated professionals is committed to saving and healing lives through donation and transplantation, championing the cause through education and outreach and supporting donor families in their time of need.
About Indiana Donor Network Foundation
As a subsidiary of Indiana Donor Network, the organ recovery organization for 85 of Indiana’s 92 counties, Indiana Donor Network Foundation enhances the lives of those touched by donation through education, innovation, caring and support. The Foundation raises funds through individual contributions, special events and sponsorships to support transplant recipients and the families of donor heroes.
Indiana Donor Network® and the Indiana Donor Network Foundation® are federally registered trademarks.
About Donate Life Indiana
Since 1998, Donate Life Indiana has been the state-authorized nonprofit organization responsible for managing the Indiana donor registry. Its mission is to save lives by creating opportunities for all Indiana citizens to sign up on the organization’s official state registry while striving to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.