The 2013 Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program will award $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,300 young volunteers across the country. The Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program aims to honor youth who have made a positive impact in their communities. To nominate volunteers ages six to 18 for a Kohl’s Cares scholarship, visit kohlskids.com. Nominations will be accepted February 1 through March 15, and those wishing to nominate a youth volunteer must be 21 years or older.
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 postsecondary 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 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 17,000 kids with more than $3.4 million in scholarships and prizes. In 2013, Kohl’s celebrates its 13th year of rewarding young volunteers. Below are just a couple of examples of the outstanding youth recognized during last years’ program from North Texas:
- Zoe Albert, 17, of Allen, who started Faux Paws, a nonprofit that makes, advertises and sells faux-fur flip-flops. Albert has donated more than $17,000 in proceeds to animal advocacy groups.
- Allison Lewis, 10, of Garland, who helped persuade her local government to allocate about $500,000 to make parks accessible to those with physical disabilities.
- Matthew Ricks, 17, of Grand Prairie, who, as a member of a local church’s disaster care ministry, helped deliver more than 500 buckets with cleaning supplies to flood and tornado victims and has traveled to Louisiana to help people affected by Hurricane Katrina.
- Monica Orozco, 8, of Irving, who raised money to purchase more than 2,350 books that were given to students at her elementary school over the holiday season.
- Alyse Kirkpatrick, 7, of Burleson, who founded Pageant Queens Gone Green to educate others on the importance of keeping the environment clean. She also helped collect items for more than 300 Easter baskets for children at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
- Victoria Pimentel, 15, of Southlake, who started Operation Sweet 16 to support service members. She raised about $13,000 through fundraisers including a dog parade and shopping event.
Nominate a child today at kohlskids.com.