Flower Mound student wins American Red Cross scholarship

February 20, 2018
While students enjoyed a break from school over the holidays Sidney Gardner of Flower Mound answered the call to help save lives by planning an American Red Cross blood drive. The Flower Mound High School student earned a $2,500 scholarship in recognition of her hard work.


As part of the Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program, Gardner hosted a blood drive at Flower Mound High School on Jan. 6. The blood drive was successful, bringing in 101 pints of blood, thanks to generous volunteer blood donors. As a result, Gardner was entered to win a college scholarship and was chosen as a winner. She was also awarded a gift card.
Gardner, who wants to be a nurse, learned firsthand the importance of blood donation when her mother needed blood during treatment for aplastic anemia. She also earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scounting’s highest achievement, by coordinating January’s blood drive.  
“Organizing the blood drive was a great experience. I gained leadership skills and confidence that I can achieve a goal this big,” said Gardner. "During the drive, I loved seeing my friends giving blood and saving lives.”
Registration is now available for the Summer 2018 program, which will award scholarships to 10 student participants. More information is available at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.