Blood drive scholarship challenge
High school and college students could be eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15.
“Winter is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs with inclement weather and seasonal illnesses reducing the number of volunteer donors that come out to give,” Red Cross spokeswoman Jan Hale said in a news release. “Our Leaders Save Lives program gives students an opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills and help ensure blood is available for patients in need of lifesaving transfusions by recruiting their friends and family to give blood.”
High school, college and university blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations through the Red Cross, Hale said, but blood donations often decline during winter break.
Students who host a drive can be eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and earn a gift card. A total of six scholarships will be awarded to students who host a blood drive collecting 25 blood donations or more.
Registration to host a blood drive is open through Nov. 15.
For more information go to redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.