The American Red Cross was established in 1881 is a humanitarian aid organization with a worldwide presence. In addition to emergency and disaster response efforts, the Red Cross also provides community service, support to military families, collects blood for medical needs and conducts health and safety education programs. The Red Cross also provides grants and scholarships to help efforts that are aligned with the organization's goals.
The Red Cross offers educational scholarships to help attract students to fields that are in demand for humanitarian aid efforts. The Jane Delano Student nurse Scholarship was established in 2001 to promote the field of nursing and its involvement with the Red Cross. Three $3,000 scholarships were last awarded in August 2010. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an accredited nursing school, be in good academic standing and have volunteered with the Red Cross. The money can be used toward tuition, books and fees.
The Red Cross offers one national scholarship to help students pay for college. The Navin Narayan Youth Scholarship was established in 2001 in memory of a young and promising Red Cross volunteer who died at the age of 23. Annually, two scholarships in the amount of $1,250 are awarded to dedicated Red Cross volunteers. Additional scholarships are available to help members pay for college at local chapters. Details are available either on the chapter's website or by calling the administrative office.
Water safety factors into the focus of the American Red Cross and some regional chapters offer scholarships to help pay for aquatics classes. For example, the Chisholm Trail Chapter in Fort Worth, Texas awards the Kevin Hall Memorial Lifeguard and Water Safety Scholarship to help fund water safety and swim classes. Applicants must be aged 24 or younger and those between the ages of 12 and 24 must also participate in school activities or community service programs. Applicants who live in the counties of Tarrant, Johnson, Wise, Parker or Hood can submit an essay detailing how they can benefit from the classes.
Disaster Recovery Grants
The American Red Cross has also provided grants in assistance with disaster recovery. The Liberty Disaster Relief Funds were established to provide grants in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. More than 100 nonprofit organizations have been awarded grants from the fund to help provide resources for those directly affected by the events including rescue and recovery workers. For example, funding was awarded for the 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program that provides support for those experiencing stress or anxiety surrounding experiences at the attack sites.