According to a release issued by Kohl’s Department Stores, the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award more than $420,000 in scholarships and prizes – ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships – to more than 2,200 young volunteers, ages six to 18, who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations are being accepted through March 15 at kohlskids.com. Nominators must be 21 years or older.
Kohl’s is hoping to help promising youth further their education at a time when college tuition continues to increase yearly – a challenge to many American families who face high unemployment and stagnant incomes.
“Through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s recognizes young volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and passion to helping others and bettering the communities we live in,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “During a time of economic uncertainty and high tuition costs, it’s important to support extraordinary kids by investing in their future. We encourage parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding young volunteers at kohlskids.com.”
Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and more than 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.
Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 15,000 kids with more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes. In 2012, Kohl’s celebrates its 12th year of rewarding young volunteers.
In 2011, Kohl’s honored national winner Sarah Kladar, 12, who sold approximately 5,000 dishtowels and with the nearly $50,000 raised, helped financially-burdened families pay for surgery-related expenses that were not covered by insurance. Regional winner Jaimus Ready, 8, was recognized for assembling and sending more than 350 care packages filled with candy, clothing and homemade cards from local school children to soldiers in Afghanistan.
The scholarship program is part of Kohl’s Cares, Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children. Kohl’s Cares benefits children’s health and education initiatives nationwide through its merchandise program, featuring special books and plush toys where 100% of net profit benefits children’s initiatives, fundraising gift cards for schools and youth serving organizations and the Associates in Action volunteer program. For more information or a list of past Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program winners, visit kohlskids.com.