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Brooke Holloway Participates in Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. — Brooke Holloway of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s track and field team traveled to Washington, D.C. this summer to participate in the American Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program.

The program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and inspire a new generation of volunteers by organizing blood drives for their classmates and community. Holloway’s experience began with training, mentoring, and networking during a two-week internship at Red Cross headquarters in Washington. The internship provides participating students like Holloway the chance to receive coaching from senior American Red Cross leadership. This opportunity can help participants gain life-long skills that can have an impact on their campus and throughout their future careers. She will now return to campus to encourage fellow students to join in the mission to help save lives through blood donation. Holloway also received a $2,000 scholarship for participating in the program.

“I feel very blessed to have been selected for this program,” said Holloway. “The Red Cross inspires me by their effort to help those in need. I believe God has growth for me in DC and I am excited to bring back to campus all the things I learn.”

“We are very proud of Brooke for taking a leap of faith to apply for this opportunity, and we are thankful for her selection into the program,” said Director of Athletics, Chip Wilson. “I look forward to seeing how God will use this experience in her life.” 

Nearly 20 percent of the millions of blood donations made each year come from young donors, like college students. In only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help make an impact on campus while helping save lives in the community and beyond.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to nearly 2,000 students from 25 states and 11 foreign countries.

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