Here you will find all of the answers to commonly asked questions about the High School Leadership Program. If you’re unable to find what you need, please feel free to contact us by email at HighSchoolLeadership@redcross.org. Complete terms and conditions apply for rewards through the High School Leadership Program.
Yes. Students must set up a profile through leader.redcrossblood.org and provide some basic information to participate in the program.
The High School Leadership Program has three levels of achievement: blood and/or platelet donation, volunteerism and donor recruitment. Students can work to achieve the following levels of recognition:
Yes! You can enroll to participate in the High School Leadership Program at any point during your high school career. You can choose to work toward the volunteer and donor recruitment requirements until you have reached the minimum age requirement for donation.
Yes. Any donation procedure is eligible to qualify as part of the program. Whole blood and platelet donations will count as one (1) unit toward your three (3) needed donations. Double red cell donations will count as two (2) units toward your three (3) needed donations.
Yes. Any blood, platelet or double red cell donations made through the Red Cross after January 1, 2013 can be reported as an achievement, regardless of when you joined the program.
The scholarship opportunity is open to members who are 16 years of age or older; are enrolled in their senior year of high school; will graduate at the completion of their senior year; will continue education the subsequent fall semester at an accredited college, university or professional trade school; and have completed the program requirements. Immediate family members of Red Cross employees, or Red Cross employees are not eligible. Review the terms and conditions for complete details.
The scholarship winners will be chosen through a random raffle for everyone who has qualified. All achievements must be submitted through your profile no later than 11:59 pm on May 31. The random drawing will be conducted in early June. Winners will be notified by telephone and/or email. Any selected winner who cannot be contacted or fails to respond to any message within three business days may be declared ineligible.
The winner must specify their college, university or accredited trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded. Winners must grant the Red Cross permission to use their name, photograph and/or voice for publicity purposes without additional compensation, notice, review or approval. They will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, liability release and publicity release within seven calendar days of notification. If the documents are not returned in a timely manner, if the scholarship is returned as non-deliverable or if a winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with the official rules, the scholarship may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate eligible entrant.
If your tier achievement status indicates Tier 3, you have qualified to receive a recommendation letter. Please note that you should allow for 10 days after submitting your referrals for them to be reviewed and approved. If your referrals are not published, you will receive an email notification informing you.
You can expect to receive your recommendation letter within one (1) month of your last achievement being approved and published. A detailed schedule is below. You will receive five (5) identical copies of the letter, which will be personalized for the member, not the addressee (i.e., all letters will be addressed “To Whom It May Concern,” not the names of a specific university) and sealed for delivery to the institution for which they are intended. We will do our best to ensure letters are received in time to meet application deadlines, but cannot guarantee delivery by a specific date. If a timeline is required, please contact us by email at HighSchoolLeadership@redcross.org.
Please note the mailing times listed below are estimates only and may vary depending on your location.
Achievement Deadline Letters Mailed Estimated Arrival to Students
September 1, 2016 September 13, 2016 September 23, 2016
October 1, 2016 October 17, 2016 October 27, 2016
November 1, 2016 November 14, 2016 November 24, 2016
December 1, 2016 December 12, 2016 December 22, 2016
January 1, 2017 January 16, 2017 January 26, 2017
February 1, 2017 February 23, 2017 March 5, 2017
March 1, 2017 March 13, 2017 March 23, 2017
April 1, 2017 April 17, 2016 April 27, 2017
May 1, 2017 May 15, 2017 May 25, 2017
June 1, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 22, 2017
Yes. If you would prefer that your achievements not post on the public portions of the website, you can choose to opt-out. You can choose to opt-out of all sharing when you create your profile, or you can opt-out when you post your achievements.