Both a Rhodes Scholar and a Harvard graduate, Navin Narayan was a high achieving student as well as a dedicated, compassionate, and innovative American Red Cross volunteer. Navin served many roles in the American Red Cross, including National Youth Council Chair. Tragically, at the age of 23, Navin succumbed to cancer. Since 2001, the National Youth Council has continued Navin Narayan’s legacy of volunteerism and academic excellence by awarding the Navin Narayan College Scholarship to a high school senior who embodies his principles. This scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 paid directly to one recipient upon proof of matriculation.
Scholarship amount: $1,000
Number of scholarships available: 1 per year
- Be a high school senior
- Be planning to attend a four-year college or university
- Have served a minimum of two years as a Red Cross volunteer
Please send all general questions regarding the scholarship to email@example.com. For more information about Navin Narayan, please see this page.
The application process for the scholarship is now open! Please see the following information and forms to apply! Applications are due April 1st.
Check out our Everyday Hero winners!
Thank you for submitting your entries for our Everyday Hero contest. We are so energized by the stories about all the outstanding Red Cross youth volunteers across the country! We received many submissions, but would like to give special mention to one outstanding club, the Louisville Chapter Club Council! We will feature other submissions from the Everyday Heroes Campaign here on redcrossyouth.org throughout March, so stay tuned. For now, let’s see why the Louisville Chapter Club Council is our Everyday Heroes winner!
Louisville Chapter Club Council:
What is a hero? Are there eligibility requirements for someone to become a hero? What does a hero do? Joseph Campbell answered these questions best in a simple statement, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Anyone can be a hero; there are no age or height requirements involved. The only qualification is a commitment and dedication to volunteerism and service to others in need. Members of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter Club Council exhibit these qualities and have a desire to do more to help in their community even though they are only 12-17 years old. Throughout the year these youth participate in service projects and activities volunteering more than 564 hours collectively since 2013 and 333.5 hours individually.
They have volunteered at numerous blood drives working in the food section and as escorts for donors. At one of the largest annual blood drives—Donorama which is held in December—they took pictures with donors holding dry erase boards explaining why they give blood.
Over the year the youth volunteers with the Chapter Club Council have done many Red Cross sponsored presentations such as Restoring Family Links in which they spoke to refugees about how the Red Cross could work to help them get in contact with their immediate family members in other countries. In January of this year they presented the Pillowcase Project to students at a local elementary school teaching them about types of disasters, how to prepare for a disaster, who they could depend on for help if a disaster were to occur, and they ended by giving the students decorated pillowcases with some materials that would be useful to them including a glow stick and first aid kit. During the summer of 2013 they lead a presentation for children at a daycare center about water safe and making sure they are in a safe and supervised environment whenever they go out swimming or to play in water.
These youth are very involved and dedicated to volunteering in their community. All throughout the year they have participated in a multitude of activities furthering the mission of the American Red Cross in their own unique ways. Based on the quote by Joseph Campbell one must agree that the members of the American Red Cross Louisville Are Chapter Club Council are truly heroes and they prove that anyone can make a difference and help in their community at any age.
Check out clips from the Life Saving Lessons series on the TODAY show here!
From how to be safe and prepared in an emergency to how to take care of your pet, the American Red Cross has a suite of apps for mobile devices that includes something for everyone.
The Red Cross has also developed several free apps for mobile devices which give people vital information to help keep them safe during everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters. Other apps can help you keep your pet safe and learn when volunteers are needed in your community. They include the following:
FIRST AID APP The First Aid App is an easy way to get lifesaving first aid instruction anytime, anywhere. Features include step-by step instructions for first aid scenarios and a 9-1-1 call button, as well as safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe weather and disasters.
TORNADO APP The Tornado App includes features like a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An all -alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or been cancelled
HURRICANE APP People can download the Red Cross Hurricane App to have real time hurricane safety information at their fingertips. They can use the app to receive weather alerts and get information on Red Cross shelters. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay.
EARTHQUAKE APP Be ready for an earthquake with the Red Cross Earthquake App. Receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.
WILDFIRE APP Wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly so it’s vital that people know what to do to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their property. The Red Cross Wildfire App features preloaded content that gives users instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity. Get the latest news from local, state and federal fire agencies in the “Wildfire News” section.
SHELTER FINDER When disaster strikes, the Red Cross shelter finder app lets users know when and where shelters have opened on an easy to use map interface. The app gives locations and shelter details for the entire country and users can zoom in to their location.
FOR YOUR PETS The Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. The app is 99 cents and features simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday emergencies with your pet. Users will learn first aid steps for more than 25 common pet situations. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.
JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM Team Red Cross allows people to learn about Red Cross volunteer opportunities in their community, to sign up to help those in need and receive an overview on basic tasks to be able to go to work quickly helping others. Some of these tasks include helping assess disaster damage, feeding those in need, distributing relief supplies, working in a shelter and other important relief work. Users will receive notifications of volunteer needs based on their location and can earn badges for a variety of activities.
SWIM APP Help your child become a confident swimmer with the Red Cross Swim App. It puts the Learn-to-Swim program in the palm of your hand, helping you to learn about water safety and how to teach your child to swim. Features include reference information for parents on swimming skills and objectives, help locating the nearest swim facility where classes are available and ways to chart the child’s performance related to individual swimming strokes.
President Barack Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the United States, a tradition begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943.
“During American Red Cross Month, we honor those who devote themselves to bringing relief where there is suffering, inspiring hope where there is despair, and healing the wounds of disaster and war,” the proclamation reads. “Today, American Red Cross workers, alongside countless humanitarian organizations and caring volunteers, deliver life-saving assistance in every corner of our Nation and all across the globe.”
The Red Cross has a long-standing relationship with the White House dating back to 1913 and President Woodrow Wilson. In 1906 a largely ceremonial office of president was added to the Red Cross leadership. In 1913, President Wilson agreed to serve in this role. This began a tradition that continues today whereby the president of the United States serves as honorary chairman of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive a regular appropriation from Congress.
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes – heroes who reach out to help people in need. These are the people who -
- Help disaster victims get on the road to recovery.
- Give blood to help a hospital patient
- Brighten the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home.
- Take one of our lifesaving classes and step forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
Red Cross Month is a great time to become part of the Red Cross. And it’s easy to do. You can gather members of your household and work on a preparedness plan so you are ready for emergencies. You can become a Red Cross volunteer. Or you can give blood or a financial donation.
Story from redcross.org.