Southeast Bulloch High School Student Wins American Red Cross Scholarship
While many students were looking ahead to summer vacation, Southeast Bulloch High School junior, Cierra Crowe of Register, Ga., was planning to help save lives by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive.
As part of the Red Cross BloodStock Scholarship Challenge, Cierra hosted a blood drive at Statesboro First Baptist Church on May 7, 2013. She was projected to collect 50 pints of blood and exceeded the goal by one pint. As a result, Cierra was entered to win a $2,000 college scholarship. She recently learned she was randomly selected as the winner and in addition to the scholarship, will receive a letter of recommendation from the Red Cross and a $50 gift card.
“My experience working with the Red Cross was a very positive one,” said Cierra Crowe. “I enjoy planning and organizing events, especially those that benefit others. I would certainly host another blood drive in hopes of raising awareness for the need of blood and giving people the opportunity to donate.”
The BloodStock Scholarship Challenge gives student blood drive coordinators a chance to gain meaningful leadership and community service experience. Students work hand-in-hand with a Red Cross representative and participate in planning and recruitment meetings and lead a team of recruiters. A successful blood drive can help ensure a safe blood supply for local hospital patients. To learn more about the BloodStock Scholarship Challenge, click here.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.