High School Blood Drive Challenge - ARIZONA


The High School Blood Drive Challenge helps Arizona teens make their mark on the community by supporting blood donation.  Their efforts have grown to make them the largest single donor group in Arizona.  Approximately 1 in every 5 blood transfusions comes from a teen blood donor. Schools across Arizona are responsible for helping Vitalant collect more than 21,000 blood donations every year!

Why should my school participate?

By emphasizing community service and focusing on lifesaving activities, the Challenge is unique among other high school programs.  Students develop leadership skills as they coordinate blood drives at their school.  A healthy dose of competition helps accomplish our life-transforming mission and makes the Challenge fun!  Each school is assigned to one of eight divisions based on the school’s senior class size and geographic location.  A Vitalant Donor Recruitment Representative is assigned to guide them through the blood drive process.

Celebrate success at Chase Field, Courtesy of the Arizona Diamondbacks! 

The Arizona Diamondbacks donate a party suite to the top two schools and game tickets to gold, platinum and division winners.  Thanks to their generosity, more than 1,000 student blood drive committee members attend our Championship Banner Night Diamondbacks game each May.  The Division winning schools are featured on the field before the game where they receive their championship banners in front of the Chase Field crowd!


Hard work on the blood drive committee could earn you a college scholarship!

In recognition of your lifesaving efforts, Vitalant and the Arizona Diamondbacks are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student blood drive committee member!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA
  • Be a student in good standing at an Arizona high school and on target to graduate in May 2019
  • Serve in a leadership role on the school’s blood drive committee and host a minimum of two blood drives during the 2018-19 academic year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019


Students who are active in their high school blood drive committee make a significant difference in the lives of hospital patients and those who love them. They build school spirit today and establish a habit of service that will strengthen their community for many tomorrows. Vitalant is proud to honor these senior student committee members with a red Hero Cord to be worn with their cap and gown. Students are encouraged to wear their cord during graduation to serve as an outward sign that they have already made a difference in the world.

Who is eligible to receive a Hero Cord?
SENIOR student committee members at schools that achieve a BRONZE award or higher in the High School Challenge.

How do we get our cords? 
The cords will be delivered to the faculty advisor for the blood drive committee within the first two weeks of May.***

*** Some schools have very specific policies about what can be worn during the graduation ceremony. Faculty members are encouraged to check with school administration before allowing students to wear their cords. All qualifying seniors will receive a cord as an acknowledgment of their hard work even if they are unable to wear them during the graduation ceremony.



A 16- to 19-year-old donor will be 1 of 10 finalists to win a car this summer!

All teen donors who pre-register online and give blood during the May 24 - September 6 “Drive Away a Hero” Campaign* (see details below) will earn an extra raffle entry with the best odds to win a new car!

How do I enter?

  1. Preregister HERE.
  2. Give blood at any blood drive or donor center between May 24  - Sept. 6. (Appointments available at BloodHero.com)


  • Automatic entry for donating
  • Entry into Teen Donor drawing with pre-registration - BEST ODDS!
  • Register Bonus Entry code online (Entry card given at time of donation)
  • Drop off Bonus Entry card at any participating dealership location

* Drive Away a Hero Campaign: All May 24 - Sept. 6 blood donors will be automatically entered to win a new car. Donors will also receive a Bonus Entry card that provides two more chances to win: register the entry code online and deposit the completed card in any participating dealer showroom.

Each finalist is required to provide a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and agree to accept responsibility for all taxes and license/registration fees should they win the grand prize. If the winner is younger than 18 years of age, the prize will be awarded to the legal parent/guardian.



Contact Denise Gotcher, High School Program coordinator at dgotcher@vitalant.org or call 480-675-5642

Thousands of volunteers blood drive coordinators partner with us to ensure a safe blood supply is available for patients who need it. 


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