2014-2015 Annual High School Scholarship Competition

The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region is pleased to announce the eleventh 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 $2,500. The winners will be invited to attend the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region Annual Meeting on June 18, 2015 to receive the award.


Essay Topic

High school students are enthusiastic blood donors. 13% of the blood donated last year in the Penn Jersey region 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:
 “How have you educated and raised  awareness about the need for blood donations from your high schools students and what challenges did you face and overcome? What key messages did you deliver to establish a legacy of commitment to blood donations by these students?”


Applicants to the 2014-2015 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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Essay must be between 400-500 words with word count listed at top corner of essay page
  • State essay question as a header at top of page, followed by essay
  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman 12 Point Font

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

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

Instructions for Essay/Application Submission - by Monday, April 27, 2015

1.  The essay must be no more than 500 words.
2.  The application and essay must be submitted online by Monday, April 27, 2015.  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 $2,500. The award will be presented to the honoree at the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2015.


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.

Click here to submit your applications online.