New Bern High School student wins American Red Cross scholarship

Savannah Murphy

While many students were enjoying a holiday break from school this winter, Savannah Murphy of New Bern, was planning to help save lives by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. The New Bern High School senior earned a $1,500 scholarship as a result of her efforts.

As part of the Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program, Murphy hosted a blood drive at the Centenary United Methodist Church on January 13, 2017.  The blood drive was successful, bringing in 64 blood donations, exceeding its goal. As a result, Murphy was entered to win up to a $2,500 college scholarship and was chosen as a winner. Murphy was awarded her scholarship as well as a gift card.

“I wanted to help those in need of blood products as well as serve my community, It is an amazing opportunity to help your community, save lives, and win scholarships for your education,” said Murphy.

Registration is now available for the summer 2017 program, which will award scholarships to 10 student participants. More information is available at

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Submitted by: Bernadette Jay, External Communications Manager, Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications, American Red Cross

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