Randolph County Student Receives American Red Cross Scholarship

allison meadows wins scholarship from red cross nc
“I always like to help others, and I thought it would be a cool idea to host my own blood drive,” said American Red Cross scholarship recipient Allison Meadows.

Allison Meadows of Archdale, North Carolina, is the recipient of the American Red Cross 2012-2013 Winter BloodStock Scholarship Challenge. On March 15, 2013, Allison was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the American Red Cross

to help her with future educational costs. Allison is a senior at Wheatmore High School and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro this fall. She hopes to pursue a career in pharmacy.

Allison hosted a successful blood drive on December 22, 2012, at Archdale United Methodist Church. Her goal was to collect 35 pints, but Allison’s planning and hard work enabled the drive to surpass that by producing 42 pints of lifesaving blood. Allison’s name was selected in a random drawing to receive the scholarship among other participating student blood drive sponsors. Allison also received a $50 gift card and a letter of recommendation for achieving goal at her drive.

BloodStock is a scholarship challenge through which students can win scholarship money for holding a successful blood drive. Students work closely with Red Cross representatives and recruit donors and volunteers for their drive. Students not only help save lives through blood donation, but they also gain valuable experiences such as leaderships skills, community service and networking opportunities.

Interested high school and college students can participate in the 2013 Summer BloodStock Scholarship Challenge May 1 - August 31, 2013. The American Red Cross will award a $1,000 and a $2,000 scholarship. Students can apply online and find more info at: www.redcrossblood.org/southeastdivision/bloodstock.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and needs to have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

How to Donate Blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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, 16 with parental permission in some states, 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.

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/heartofcarolina or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.