High School Program

Each year the San Diego Blood Bank challenges area high schools in San Diego and Imperial Counties and in the Inland Valley to compete for the highest percentage of participation in blood drives at their school and for the highest number of units collected. Each school's achievements are tallied at the end of the school year. Winning schools are awarded grants ranging from $500 to $2500. Individual student are also eligible to win $500 scholarships. You can get more details about how both the high school grant and scholarship programs work if your school isn't already participating. 

How the High School Challenge Program Works

  • Throughout the year, your school's blood drive achievements will be posted and updated on the San Diego Blood Bank's website. Students can track their school's standing in several categories.
  • You will also be able to monitor other school's blood drive activities on-line to see how your achievements measure up.
  • Each school's achievements will be tallied at the end of the school year. Winners will be announced on our website, as well as in local newspapers.
  • Grants will be awarded at the end of the school year.
  • Grants range from $500 to $2500. Click here for more information.

Student Scholarship Program

$500 scholarships will be awarded each year to five eligible San Diego county high school seniors, two Imperial Valley high schools, and two Temecula Valley high school seniors pursuing higher education (e.g. college, university, community college, technical centers) to support tuition.


  • Graduating senior enrolled in a high school that participates in the San Diego Blood Bank High School Challenge Program.
  • The student must plan to attend an institution of higher learning in the year following the scholarship.
  • Demonstrated outstanding personal leadership among his/her peers by participating in the coordination of the High School Challenge Program at his/her high school.

How to Apply: