2009 Annual High School Scholarship Competition

The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region is pleased to announce the eighth annual essay competition. There will be one top winner in Pennsylvania and New Jersey whose residence is within the jurisdiction of the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region.

The students whose essays are judged the winning entries will each receive a scholarship for $1,000. The winners will be invited to attend the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region Annual Meeting on June 17, 2010 to receive the award.

Essay Topic

Background: High school students are enthusiastic blood donors. 15% of the blood donated in 2008 came from our high school student program. Upon graduation, students often stop giving blood, or don’t donate blood as frequently.

This year’s essay question:

Why do you think it is so important to begin giving blood in high school and what role do you play in encouraging your peers to donate?

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Applicants to the 2009 High School Scholarship Essay Competition must:

Be a graduating high school senior in good academic standing with a school that sponsors a blood drive with the American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region  (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia Counties or the State of New Jersey).
You must participate in your schools blood drive during your senior year of high school.

High school students of American Red Cross employees or students who serve on the Penn-Jersey Region Board of Directors are not eligible to participate in the essay competition.

Letters of Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation must be submitted. Endorsements may be submitted from a Guidance Counselor, Department Head, Faculty Advisor, Teacher, Principal, Vice Principal or Key Club/Student Council Advisor.

Letters must include:  applicant’s full name, verification of residency, school enrollment, and confirmation of active involvement in Blood Services.

The following questions must be answered by the endorsers:

  1. How long have you known the applicant? In what capacity?
  2. What are the applicant’s strengths and abilities? Cite examples.
  3. Describe applicant’s academic potential. What is the applicant's distinguishing characteristics?
  4. How does the applicant stand apart from others students?
  5. How was the applicant involved in Blood Services?

General letters of endorsement that do not respond to the specific questions will not be considered.

Instructions for Essay/Application Submission - by Monday, March 15, 2010

  1. The essay must be no more than 500 words.
  2. The application and essay must be submitted online by Monday, March 15, 2010.  Applicants will receive an email confirmation when the application is submitted.
  3. All entries must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) via the web application form. No paper applications/essays will be accepted.
  4. Late submissions or incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Entries and Awards

The Selection Committee is comprised of American Red Cross board members, staff and community representatives who will determine the essay competition honoree.

The student whose essay is judged the winning entry will receive a scholarship check for $1,000. The award will be presented to the honoree at the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2010.

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Acceptance of the essay competition scholarship award constitutes permission for American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region to use the recipients name, biographical information and photos for publicity purposes.