Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program


Developing Leadership Skills and Helping Save Lives Since 2007


The Class of 2018

Thank you for all the interest and applications submitted. The application process is now closed and the new 2018 Red Cross Collegiate Leadership class will be announced by the end of February.


We Welcome Our New Partner

The American Red Cross and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) welcome the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as a new partner in the Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program.

Transform Your College Career – and Beyond!

The Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program begins with an intense two weeks of training, mentoring and networking that will help you develop your leadership skills, discover your purpose, and prepare for your bright future. And that’s just the beginning: you’ll return to campus with a life-saving mission of organizing Red Cross blood drives for your classmates and community!

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Through the Collegiate Leadership Program, you’ll become part of a special tradition of young people who work with the Red Cross, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) to:

  • Inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders
  • Promote diversity of Red Cross Blood Services Regions’ donor recruitment
  • Champion a philanthropic cause
  • Impact local communities
  • Empower through training, mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Foster leadership opportunities

Program Benefits

Participating student-athletes receive:

  • A $2000 scholarship
  • A two-week internship at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington D.C.
  • Roundtrip transportation to Washington D.C., room, board, and stipend
  • Coaching and mentoring by senior American Red Cross leadership and representatives from NAIA and NCCAA
  • An opportunity to make a significant impact on your campus and community through organizing successful blood drives that help save lives
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Participant Commitments

Participating student-athletes must agree to:

In addition, participating NAIA and NCCAA Institutions must agree to support and recognize the student-athlete if he/she decides to form a Red Cross Club on campus.

  • Attend the Red Cross Collegiate Leadership academy in Washington D.C., for two weeks in June
  • Organize and market Red Cross blood drives/activities on campus
  • Serve throughout your junior and senior years

A Life-Saving Purpose

Our program participants embrace a mission that has helped tens of thousands of people in their time of need.

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campuses participate in the program & sponsor blood drives

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in scholarships awarded to past participants

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participants went on to work full time with the Red Cross

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blood drives have been organized by program participants

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pints of blood have been donated

Meet Our Alumni

From 2007 through today, the Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program has attracted high-caliber student-athletes from all over the U.S.

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