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Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program

Developing Leadership Skills and Helping Save Lives Since 2007

The Next Application Period Begins September 2017

Please check back at the beginning of September to apply for the Class of 2018 Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program.

Transform Your College Career – and Beyond!

The Red Cross/NAIA 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 and NAIA 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
  • Exemplify core values of the NAIA “Champions of Character” program
  • Empower through training, mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Foster leadership opportunities
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    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 NAIA representatives
  • 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:

  • Serve as a Champions of Character Ambassador
  • Attend the Red Cross/NAIA 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
  • In addition, participating NAIA Institutions must agree to support and recognize the student-athlete if he/she decides to form a Red Cross Club on campus.

    A Life-Saving Purpose

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

    Meet Our Alumni

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