Grand Valley received the MVP Award from Michigan Blood for having the largest contribution and highest increase of participation during the College Care Challenge, which ran from March-April.
The annual initiative challenges West Michigan colleges and universities to have the highest percentage of the student population donate blood. The drives were coordinated by the Community Service Learning Center in Student Life at Grand Valley.
Jeff Mutch, coordinator of the CSLC, said nearly 300 individuals gave blood, which increased participation by 163 percent from last year. The university hosted 11 blood drives on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses during the challenge.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Grand Valley hosted 44 blood drives with Michigan Blood. The CSLC also partnered with American Red Cross to host drives throughout the year.
For more information about Grand Valley’s partnership with Michigan Blood, visit www.gvsu.edu/service/giveblood.