Thursday, May 16, 2013

Students: Set up a successful blood drive and win $1,000

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is inviting high school and college students to participate in the fifth annual Students Saving Summer Scholarship program.

The top five students whose drives collect the most blood -- they have to collect at least 25 units to be eligible -- will win, and each will receive $1,000 toward college tuition.

Students must hold their blood drives (they are allowed to host multiple blood drives if they choose) between June 1 and Sept. 30. They are responsible for choosing a location, recruiting donors and collecting the minimum 25 units. Each student will be paired with a CBCC representative who will help with the planning.

"Students make up more than 20 percent of our donor base, so this program is a great opportunity to keep them engaged with blood donations during the summer when blood supplies tend to drop," said Martin Grable, CBCC president and CEO, in a release.

For more information or to register, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727 or email her at