The Kohl's Department Stores' Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program will award more than $415,000 in scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl's gift cards to $10,000 scholarships, honoring young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities.
Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted through March 15 at 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 are finding education 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 kohlskids.com."
To nominate volunteers ages 6 to 18 for a Kohl's Cares scholarship, visit www.kohlskids.com. Nominations are accepted Feb. 1 through March 15, and 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.
Through the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl's aims to honor young volunteers who have made a difference in their communities by helping them invest in their future. 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.
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.