Navin Narayan College Scholarship

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.

Application Details:

Scholarship amount: $1,000
Number of scholarships available: 1 per year
Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 For more information about Navin Narayan, please see this page.

The application process for the scholarship is currently closed, and will reopen in January.


Words from Last Year’s Recipient Waverley He: 

I have just finished taking my first semester finals as a freshman at Harvard University (Navin Narayan’s alma mater!), and one of the extracurriculars that I am most involved in on campus is the Harvard College Red Cross Club. I was elected to the board as one of three freshman representatives, and have since volunteered at two week-long blood drives and advertised a toy drive for local underprivileged children. As a member of the First Year Social Committee also, I helped run an event in which freshmen wrote holiday cards for troops. Additionally, one of my goals upon receiving the scholarship last year was to encourage and mentor high school Red Cross volunteers as well. Last month, I visited a meeting for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts Youth Advisory Board. While there, I listened in and gave feedback on their event and fundraiser planning processes, including a food drive at one of the local high schools. Recently, one of the members reached out to me and another Harvard Red Cross Club officer about helping organize a color run event in April/May to raise money for the Red Cross. As someone whose high school experience was shaped by being a Red Cross leader and volunteer, I am excited to guide students on their paths for the Red Cross, scholarships, and college! The Navin Narayan scholarship is one that I am deeply honored to receive, and the Red Cross will certainly be a part of the rest of my life.