High School Challenge 2010 Spirit of the Red Cross Scholarship Program

May 19, 2010

High school students who give blood in Oregon and Washington account for nearly 25,000 pints of donated blood each year. But when the school year ends, the American Red Cross sees blood donations decline as students focus on summer activities and vacations with their families. For the third year, the American Red Cross has a program in place to encourage students to donate blood more regularly—including the summer months.

This year the challenge has a new and exciting added benefit. The American Red Cross 2010 High School Blood Drive Challenge is proud to announce that up to seven students will be awarded a scholarship for $1,000 each to be used toward college expenses. Qualified students must complete and submit an application form and essay to the American Red Cross no later than close of business on Friday, June 11, 2010. Applications and essays can be mailed or hand‑delivered to: American Red Cross 3131 N. Vancouver Avenue Portland, OR 97227—Attention to Sandy Parkin.  

Scholarship decisions will be made by a selection committee at the Red Cross, using the following five criteria, based on the information in your application.

  1. Demonstration of high level of dedication and leadership.
  2. Representing the mission of the American Red Cross.
  3. Active participation in your school’s Blood Drive Challenge, either as a volunteer or blood donor, including leadership in coordinating and/or recruiting donors for your school’s Blood Drive Challenge.
  4. Participation in blood drive activities outside of your school’s Blood Drive Challenge.
  5. Best answers to the essay question specified on the scholarship application.

High school students play a critical role in maintaining the blood supply for hospital patients. Each year, life-saving blood is collected at local high schools, helping to save thousands of lives. High school and teen donors are the future generation of blood donors for the Red Cross. In tribute to their participation in community service the 2010 High School Blood Drive Challenge will run from March 1 - June 4, 2010. In addition to the scholarships, the schools with the highest percentage of blood donation within each division will take the honor of wining the traveling trophy to keep in their school for one year. Plus, the winning schools will get a pizza party for all those who presented to donate blood or volunteer during the competition.

This years High School Blood Drive Challenge will involve more than 70 high schools in Multnomah, Clark, Washington, Clackamas, Linn and Marion Counties. Each school and divisional donation statistics will be updated on a regular basis and students can monitor their school’s progress.

To get involved schedule your blood donation  or call 1-800 RED CROSS to schedule your blood donation or to learn more about sponsoring a blood drive.

Donors must meet the minimum* age requirement and provide signed American Red Cross parental consent form, if required* (there is no upper age limit), weigh at least 110* pounds and be in general good health, have waited the minimum* time between donations and must provide an acceptable form of identification.

* Some requirements vary by state, by donor age, or by donation type.  Please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or check with your Red Cross representative for specific information or check our basic eligibility requirements page.


The 2010 Spirit of the Red Cross Scholarship Program is sponsored by Portland Beavers and Portland Timbers Community Fund.