Youth Invited to Roll Up Their Sleeves with the Red Cross

May 17, 2012

Could Win a $5,000 Scholarship


Many area students are likely finding themselves daydreaming about summer vacation.  But if their dreams involve money for school, the American Red Cross has some great news!


As a special incentive for our young donors, anyone aged 16-21 who attempts to donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center between now and September 3, 2012, will be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship!


In addition, students at area high schools participating in the Red Cross Youth Leadership Program can earn money for college by helping coordinate and organize Red Cross blood drives this summer.  Student blood drive coordinators have the opportunity to earn letters of recommendation from Red Cross senior management. These letters can be used for college applications, internships and employment opportunities. In addition, student blood drive coordinators have an opportunity to win a $3,000 scholarship!


In the Missouri-Illinois region, donors must be at least 17 years of age to donate, but can donate blood at age 16 with a signed parental consent form. 


High school and college students account for nearly 20 percent of all blood donations, though students may not be as willing to donate when they are out of class for summer vacation.  The Red Cross typically sees a decline in donations during the summer months, and is calling on eligible donors of all ages to help keep supplies stable.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


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