Scholarships Available for Hosting Blood Drives

July 2, 2013 – As everyone in the thalassemia community knows, maintaining an adequate blood supply is crucial. And blood drives play a crucial role in keeping the supply up. But did you know that hosting a blood drive might help you with your college tuition payments?

Some blood collection organizations offer college scholarships of varying amounts to eligible young people who host a blood drive and meet certain goals. Two of them that we know about are the New York Blood Center BloodstockR Scholarship program and the American Red Cross Southeast Division BloodStock scholarship opportunity.

New York Blood Center

New York Blood Center’s Bloodstock Scholarship program encourages and rewards students age 17 – 21 in the NY Blood Center area to organize non-school, community blood drives in order to earn scholarships. Students learn valuable marketing, organizational and leadership skills. Students are partnered with NYBC Account Managers and have the potential to earn $250 – $500 per blood drive. (The amount of the scholarship is based on the number of units of blood collected.)

You can learn a bit more by downloading this Word document.

Contact Andrea Cefarelli, Executive Director Donor Recruitment at for more information.

American Red Cross Southeast Division

Students in the Southeast Division area should submit an online application to participate in the Student Blood Drive Coordinators (BDC) selection process. Applicants must be between the ages of 16-24 to participate. Students will be contacted by a local American Red Cross representative to discuss their potential as a BloodStock BDC. Winners of one $1,000 and one $2,000 scholarship will be drawn from all eligible participants.

Selected BDCs will work hand-in-hand with an American Red Cross representative as they lead a team of recruiters in hosting a life-saving blood drive.

Scholarship Drawing Criteria

Student BDCs who meet the following criteria are eligible to win a scholarship. See contest rules for other requirements and more information. Scholarship will be paid to an institution and not to an individual.

BloodStock Summer Scholarship Challenge: $1,000 scholarship and $2,000 scholarship

  • Must host one blood drive between May 1 – August 31, 2013.
  • Blood drive must achieve a minimum of 25 pints of blood and 100% of goal to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship.
  • Blood drive must achieve a minimum of 50 pints of blood and 100% of goal to be eligible for the $2,000 scholarship.

More details can be found here and here.

For more details, including whether your area is part of the Southeast Division, contact

Your local blood collection agency may also offer a schoalrship opportunity for blood drive hosts. Contact that agency today to learn more!

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