KOHL'S OFFERS MORE THAN $300,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES TO YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
Kohl's plans to recognize 1,900 compassionate kids through the Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., January 31, 2008 - Through the Kohl's Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program, more than 7,000 scholarships and prizes totaling over $1.5 million have been awarded to youth volunteers nationwide since 2001. This year, Kohl's plans to award another 1,900 kids ages 6 to 18 with $300,000 in scholarships and prizes. Awards range from $50 to $5,000 to recognize their selfless acts.
Kids are making a huge impact. In fact, America's youth contribute more than 1.3 billion hours of community service each year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service*. Kohl's feels strongly about recognizing the actions of these stand-up kids.
The Community Service Survey* notes an estimated 15.5 million youth participate in volunteer activities; this is nearly twice the adult volunteering rate. Last year's national Kids Who Care scholarship winners included a 9-year-old who raised $19,000 to buy 23,000 pounds of food for a local food pantry, a 12-year-old who raised more than $20,000 for kids with life-threatening illnesses and a 17-year-old who founded a school group to increase student and community autism awareness. These kids are not only making a difference by their own actions but inspiring others to join in as well. Kohl's wants to reward young volunteers like these nationwide and encourage them to keep up the good work.
"We've seen kids take volunteering to new heights by creating their own community programs, teaching younger kids to read after school and hosting birthday parties to benefit animal shelters, among other good deeds - their compassion is evident and inspiring," said Julie Gardner, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Kohl's Department Stores. "Through the Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, Kohl's is thrilled to encourage and reward these kids for their initiative, creativity, leadership and generosity."
To nominate a young volunteer for a Kid Who Cares scholarship, visit www.kohlskidswhocare.com. Nominations are accepted February 1 through March 15. Two nominees from each of Kohl's 900+ stores will win a $50 Kohl's gift card; 190 of them will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten volunteers will earn national recognition winning scholarships worth $5,000 toward post-secondary education. Kohl's will also contribute $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner.
The Kids Who Care Scholarship Program is part of Kohl's Cares for Kidsâ, a program focused on improving the lives of children. Kohl's Cares for Kids benefits children's health and education opportunities nationwide through its merchandise program, fundraising gift cards and A-Team associate volunteer program. For more information or a list of past Kohl's Kids Who Care winners, visit www.kohlskidswhocare.com.