July 7, 2011 – Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program honors more than 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward post-secondary education. Eleven children from the Los Angeles area were chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact on their community. Through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s is assisting deserving youth pursue a college education at a time when 55 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients at public colleges borrow money and are finding education increasingly difficult to afford.*
“Kohl’s has rewarded thousands of amazing kids through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program and this year alone, we are recognizing nearly 2,200 stand out youth who are making a difference with their volunteer time,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “From feeding the homeless at a local shelter, collecting goods for the less fortunate or volunteering time at a community garden, these kids are making a huge impact on communities nationwide. We are inspired by their stories and are thrilled to recognize their service.”
Local recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
William Buxton, 11, Santa Monica – William started William’s Wheels and has collected more than 6,000 items including toys, school supplies and clothing to distribute to various people and groups in need.
Jordan Elist, 16, Beverly Hills – Jordan organized Save a Bottle, Save a Life Corp. that works to save the environment through recycling, while at the same time helping to feed the homeless in Los Angeles.
Kayla Hufford, 17, Newport Beach – Kayla has raised five guide dogs which have been placed with blind people or are being utilized as breeders for future guide dogs.
Madison Hurt, 11, Glendora – Madison started Madison’s Christmas Wish List and has collected approximately 1,000 items for people in need over the holiday season.
Sean McReynolds, 18, Buena Park – Sean, with the help of his community, collected and sent 41 boxes of personal items, food and down time material, hosted writing campaigns which sent 431 cards, letters and drawings made by local school children and collected items that filled 48 Christmas stockings for soldiers stationed overseas.
Megan Mettler, 12, Santa Ana – Megan created Kids READ! and has collected and distributed more than 10,000 books for children in schools, literacy programs, shelters and Children’s Hospital Orange County.
Karin Olivo, 15, Rancho Palos Verdes – Karin started Operation DREAM and has donated more than 27,000 pounds of food for the underprivileged in Haiti and the Dominican Republic by personally speaking at local schools and churches to raise awareness and donations.
Luis Ortiz, 12, Placentia – Luis creates bank kits shaped as houses out of wood that children purchase, build and decorate and then use to save money to donate to Habitat for Humanity.
Jennie Pirolo, 18, Crestline – Jennie has collected more than 2,500 stuffed animal bears through her organization, Jennie’s Bears, which provides the bears for organizations to be distributed to children in crisis and need in ambulances, hospitals, shelters and crisis centers.
Nathan Sapong, 11, Menifee – Nathan mobilized his entire school district and local libraries to donate more than ten tons of used books and collected donations to ship them to deprived school children in Ghana.
Joseph Machado, 14, Upland – Joseph rode his bike 3,000 miles across the country and raised more than $50,000 for disabled children while encouraging kids to serve their community and demonstrating that they are never too young to make a difference.
Winners are chosen based on initiative, creativity, leadership and generosity. Each regional-level winner qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July. National winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. In total, Kohl’s will recognize nearly 2,200 awardees with nearly $420,000 in scholarships and prizes.
Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has awarded more than 13,000 youth volunteers with more than $2.6 million in scholarships and prizes. The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Caresâ, 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 percent of net profit benefits children’s initiatives, fundraising gift cards and the Associates in Action associate volunteer program.
About Kohl’s Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,097 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.