Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted through March 15 at www.kohlskids.com. Kohl’s enters the 11th year of its scholarship program during a time when 55 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients at public colleges borrow money and education is increasingly difficult to afford.
“The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program provides Kohl’s the opportunity to recognize and reward deserving young volunteers who have committed their time and efforts to bettering their community,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “We are genuinely touched and inspired by the dedication of these young volunteers and feel honored to be able to recognize them by helping invest in their futures. We encourage parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding kids who volunteer in their community at www.kohlskids.com.”
Nominators must be 21 years or older. Two nominees from each of Kohl’s 1,089 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.
Last year’s Kohl’s Cares scholarship winners included 9-year-old Lily Toomey who has helped the American Heart Association raise $100,000 by sharing her personal story of a congenital heart defect and open heart surgery; 18-year-old Charles Dewey who started a literacy program for homeless children; and Carolyn Houlahan who founded a business that has donated more than $160,000 in net profits to cancer research.
For more information or a list of past Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program winners, visit www.kohlskids.com.