Local high school and college students can help save lives and be eligible to win a scholarship of up to $2,500 by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive this winter.

Registration is now open through November 15th to host blood drives between December 15th and January 15th.

Blood donations made at high school, university and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations through the Red Cross. Around the winter holidays, when school is not in session, blood donations often decline

A total of six scholarships will be awarded to students who host a blood drive collecting 25 donations or more.

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org.