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High School Blood Donors

Our local high school students are a valued blood donor community that accounts for approximately 15% of our annual blood collection. That means our high school donors save more than 40,000 lives each year!

It is important that we help instill the significant and intangible value of blood donation within a younger generation. As a younger demographic, they are less prone to be deferred based on certain past and present travel restrictions. It is our hope that by starting the habit of blood donation early, it will lead them to become life-long blood donors.

In addition, high school students can help support blood collection in other ways than donating blood. These include volunteering to coordinate a blood drive at school or in your community, volunteering at a blood drive, or even getting friends to donate with you!


High School Honor Cord Program information*

We believe student donors should be acknowledged for their contribution to their community.

Students who are graduating from high school may apply for Honor Cord Recognition Program if they have completed one or both of the following criteria with Inova Blood Donor Services during their high school tenure:

  • Donated whole blood or blood component a minimum of 6 times (students will need to donate at least once during each summer of their high school tenure)
  • Attempted to donate by completing the blood donation screening process a total of 8 times with a valid deferral after reading the FDA blood donation eligibility guidelines as provided by Inova Blood Donor Services at the time of the blood donation attempt

Class of 2012

Donate four times by May 1, 2012


Class of 2013 and beyond

Donate six times by May 1, 2013, and each subsequent year

* This program is currently only offered in Loudoun County Public Schools. Please call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) for information on how to start this program in your school district.


Program forms

Enrollment Form PDF
Program Description
Program Informational Flier
Blood Drive Reminder Form