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Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program 

Apply Today - Application deadline for 2017-18 has been extended to Dec. 2nd. 


In 2007, the American Red Cross, the NAIA and State Farm Insurance established the innovative Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. The program is intended to: exemplify core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program; inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders; promote diversity on Red Cross Blood Region boards of directors; foster leadership opportunities; champion a philanthropic cause; and impact local communities. 

Each year the program kicks off with two weeks of energetic training at Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Student-athletes acquire first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by senior Red Cross leadership and NAIA representatives.  They learn to organize successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board and take part in diversity and cultural competency training.  Student-athletes receive scholarship support provided by the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance.


"This program is incredibly exciting as it demonstrates the value of successful and
meaningful partnerships and celebrates the impact of youth leadership."

- Brian Hamil, National Chair, Biomedical Services, American Red Cross










"The ARC-NAIA Youth Leadership Program is an exceptional opportunity for NAIA student-athletes to become involved in a national initiative and develop lifelong leadership skills. The impact of this program is proven and is designed to incorporate the Champions of Character initiative. This partnership is unique to the NAIA and I look forward to its continued success."

- Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO

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


An opportunity to learn from top American Red Cross and NAIA representatives


The privilege to sit on the Board of local American Red Cross blood regions throughout the country


An opportunity to make a significant impact on campus and in the community

Participating NAIA Institutions and student-athletes must agree to:


Serve (student-athlete) as a Champions of Character Ambassador

Attend the ARC-NAIA Youth Leadership academy in Washington, D.C., for two weeks in June 


Organize American Red Cross Blood Drives/Activities on campus


Serve (student-athlete) on the ARC Board for local Blood Region

The Institution will facilitate a scholarship check presentation on campus, in partnership with the American Red Cross

Support and recognize the student-athlete if he/she decides to form a Red Cross Club on campus

Support and recognize the student-athlete if he/she decides to form a Red Cross Club on campus





















 The Red Cross / NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program saves lives with four simple steps...learn more or sign up to donate blood at

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