High School Program

Welcome to the High School Challenge

Each year San Diego Blood Bank challenges Southern California area high schools 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 by contacting us here.

How the High School Challenge Program Works 

Important: Due to COVID-19, we have implemented new eligibility requirements for the High School Challenge Grant Program

  • Participating high schools must participate in at least three (3) community blood drives* with San Diego Blood Bank from August 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 (school year) and achieve their annual goal. *A community blood drive consists of a blood drive location in your community to replace a high school hosted blood drive. The high school blood drive coordinators will recruit donors to the community blood drive. Presenting donors will provide the high school group code during registration which will be used to calculate units collected toward the high school challenge goal.

  • Grants will be awarded at the end of the school year ranging from $500 to $2500. 

  • Click here to view the High School Coordinator Workbook.

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. 

Student Scholarship Program Eligibility: 

  • Graduating senior enrolled in a high school that particpiates 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. 

High School Red Cord For Life Program

San Diego Blood Bank also offers a High School Red Cord For Life Program. The program rewards students who give multiple blood donations at high school sponsored community blood drives. Eligible students will be awarded a San Diego Blood Bank Red Cord that they may wear at graduation.

Red Cord Eligibility: 

  • The student must have donated three or more times at their high school sponsored San Diego Blood Bank community blood drives by the end of their senior year.
  • A regular blood donation equals one unit.
  • Students that are not eligible to donate blood can participate in this program by recruiting five individuals to donate blood, on their behalf, at their high school sponsored San Diego Blood Bank community blood drives.