Date: Wednesday October 5, 2022, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Carnegie Science Center (PointView Hall) | 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Diamond Sponsor

Are You Making a Difference in Your Community?

Across Vitalant’s service area in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia, driven and determined young people are looking beyond themselves. Through fundraising, philanthropy, volunteerism, and activism, they are dedicating their time and talents to making a positive difference in the lives of others. In doing so, they are setting an example for our entire region. 

Vitalant Foundation’s (formerly Blood Science Foundation’s) NextUp Awards shine a light on these young change agents, who represent the very best their generation has to offer. The program awards scholarships to individuals 18 years of age or younger who have shown a transformative commitment to their communities. Proceeds from this event benefit Vitalant’s High School Scholarship Program.

Finalists will join the Vitalant Foundation as honored guests at our Second Annual NextUp Awards Celebration. Winners in each of three age groups (inclusive of elementary- through high-school-aged youth) will be revealed at the event and will each receive $2,500 to further their education or to invest in their philanthropic or charitable programs, with the first and second runners up receiving $500 each for the same purposes.

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Here’s how it works

Nominees must be 18 years of age or younger by the submission due date (May 31, 2022). You can nominate yourself or someone else for our NextUp Awards. NOMINATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.

A nominee’s charitable or philanthropic activity is only eligible if it has been conducted between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

Nominees will be judged in three separate age groups:

  • Ages 12 and Under
  • Ages 13 to 15
  • Ages 16 to 18

A community-member–based committee chosen by Vitalant Foundation will select three finalists from each of the age categories. Each finalist and two guests will be invited to attend our NextUp Awards Celebration, where the winners in each category will be announced.

The winner in each age category will receive $2,500 to be used as a scholarship or to invest in their philanthropic work. Each age group’s other two finalists will receive $500 for the same purposes.

Judging criteria

Judges will review and score submissions based on the following:

  • Direct impact on the community through the nominee’s philanthropic effort.
  • Long-term/sustained outcomes of the nominee’s philanthropic efforts.
  • Whether the nominee’s philanthropic efforts can serve as a model for use in other communities.

The deadline to submit nomination forms is May 31, 2022.


Vitalant Foundation offers sponsorship opportunities to ensure that your company, organization, or family is recognized for its commitment to honoring the very best and brightest young people in our region. Proceeds from this event will benefit Vitalant Pittsburgh’s High School Scholarship Program.

Diamond Sponsor ($25,000)

  • Logo/name featured on all event-related promotional materials (including event invitation when sponsor commits by July 31, 2022.
  • Full-page color ad in event program and top-tier ad placement in event program (e.g., inside front cover, middle, or back cover). Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Top-tier logo listing on Vitalant Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media with top-tier name/logo placement, where applicable.
  • Top-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Top-tier logo placement on event signage and audio- visual presentation.
  • Verbal acknowledgement from stage during event.
  • Opportunity to participate in the finalist selection committee.
  • Logo on award certificates.
  • Reserved table signage.
  • Sixteen tickets to event.

Platinum Sponsor ($10,000)

  • Logo/name featured on all event-related promotional materials (including event invitation when sponsor commits by July 31, 2022.
  • Half-page color ad in event program and second-tier ad placement in event program. Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Second-tier logo listing on Vitalant Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with second-tier logo placement, where applicable.
  • Second-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Second-tier logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation.
  • Verbal acknowledgement from stage during event.
  • Opportunity to participate in the finalist selection committee.
  • Logo on award certificates.
  • Reserved table signage.
  • Ten tickets to event.

Gold Sponsor ($5,000)

  • Quarter-page color ad in event program and third-tier ad placement in event program. Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Third-tier logo listing on Vitalant Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post- event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media with third-tier logo placement, where applicable.
  • Third-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Third-tier logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation.
  • Verbal acknowledgement from stage during event.
  • Logo on award certificates.
  • Reserved table signage.
  • Eight tickets to event.

Silver Sponsor ($2,500)

  • Quarter-page color ad in event program and fourth-tier ad placement in event program. Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Name listing on Vitalant Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • Fourth-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Fourth-tier logo placement on event signage and audiovisual presentation.
  • Four tickets to event.

Bronze Sponsor ($1,000)

  • Name listing on Vitalant Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • Name listing in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Name listing on event signage and audio-visual presentation.
  • Two tickets to event.

The event will be held on October 5, 2022 at Carnegie Science Center’s PointView Hall.

Questions?

Contact Shelley Miscampbell at smiscampbell@vitalant.org or (412) 209-7192.