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 youthinvolvement@redcross.org. 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. 

Application Instructions

Application Form

High School Recommendation Form

Red Cross Recommendation Form

Last Year’s Recipient: 

My name is Suraj Jaipalli, and I was honored to receive the Navin Narayan Scholarship this year. I volunteered with the American Red Cross beginning from my sophomore year in high school. I first worked as a packs volunteer for blood drives held at the Washtenaw-Lenawee chapter office in Ann Arbor. After a year, I was encouraged to join a newly created American Red Cross club in my high school. Since I was the most experienced volunteer, I was elected to lead the club. During my tenure, our club participated in a wide range of activities like staffing our high school blood drives, starting a local Swim-a-Cross event, and presenting emergency preparedness tips to our peers. It was extremely satisfying to help out my local community with the help of resources and guidance provided by the American Red Cross.
Currently, I’m enrolled in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. I’m continuing to volunteer for the  University of Michigan’s Collegiate Red Cross Club taking over as the committee chair for the Health and Safety Education committee. My key task is to recruit volunteers for the First Aid Support Team (FAST)  training, which is taught by experienced  Red Cross volunteers. FAST volunteers are deployed to sporting events to provide basic first aid to those who may need it. We get many opportunities to volunteer as FAST team members throughout the year. Some popular events to volunteer are UM home football games at the Big House! I’m also serving as the youth board member of Washtenaw-Lenawee chapter of the American Red Cross. This is my first term serving as a board member.