Bob’s Discount Furniture Continues $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program for the 2012-2013 School Year.

September 20, 2012

Company’s 4th Annual Scholarship Program Benefits High School Students and the Red Cross


September 13, 2012 (Dedham, Mass): With the new school year getting underway, Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross today announced the continuation of the Bob’s Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program for 2012-2013. This popular program awards $100,000 in scholarships each school year to outstanding high school seniors in Connecticut and Massachusetts who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donor program in their schools. Since its origination in 2009, the program has distributed $300,000 to over 500 students in more than 300 Connecticut and Massachusetts schools.


“It is an honor to be able to continue offering this scholarship as an opportunity for students to help the American Red Cross save lives, because to give the gift of life is the ultimate gift,” said Bob Kaufman, president of Bob’s Discount Furniture. “We have partnered with the American Red Cross for more than 15 years because it is a great way to give back to all the communities and individuals that have made us successful.”


“The Bob’s Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program enables high schools to make a vital contribution to the community while providing the opportunity to give much needed scholarships to youth leaders who support the American Red Cross blood program,” stated Donna. M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross Northeast Division.  “The American Red Cross is grateful to Bob Kaufman and the Bob’s Discount Furniture Team for empowering our valued high school students who are taking a leadership role helping the Red Cross make a difference in the lives of patients.


Students who host at least two high school blood drives per year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of the age-eligible student population are qualified to win a base scholarship of $250. They are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including up to eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school. For complete rules, visit


About the Bob’s Discount Furniture and American Red Cross Partnership:

Since 1996, Bob Kaufman has been supporting the Red Cross in New England by hosting blood drives at Bob’s Discount Furniture stores. Through the generosity of Bob, employees, customers and members of the community, Bob’s Discount Furniture Blood Drives have collected more than 33,000 units of lifesaving blood. In 2005, Kaufman wrote a personal check for $175,000 to buy the Red Cross a new bloodmobile. Since being put into operation, this blood-mobile has collected over 17,000 units of blood for patients in need.


Bob knows the crucial importance of a sufficient blood supply. Medical crises required two of his family members to undergo regular blood transfusions. Bob lost his father Leo Kaufman and his 16-year-old nephew Scott Mulready to leukemia. The Kaufman family is forever thankful for the extra time with them made possible, in part, by blood donors from across New England.


In recent years, Bob’s Discount Furniture has extended its commitment to support the Red Cross by partnering with the New England Patriots to host super drives at Gillette Stadium. In March 2008, Bob Kaufman received the Biomedical Achievement Award from the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C.  This national award recognizes selfless service and dedication to the mission of the Red Cross and is one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Red Cross.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 or join our blog at