Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tucson Youth Earn Scholarships for Volunteerism

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Two Tucson students have been named Kohl’s Kids Who Care Regional winners, and have been awarded $1,000 scholarships toward their post-secondary education. They are now in the running for national scholarships worth $5,000. See the details from the Kohl's press release below:

On Thursday, July 9, Kohl’s Department Stores honored nearly 200 kids for their volunteer efforts with $1,000 scholarships toward post-secondary education. Through the Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program, two youth from Tucson stood out among nearly 18,000 nominees nationwide for their remarkable community service.

“These young volunteers truly stand out and deserve to be recognized for making their communities a better place and exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “The Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program gives us the privilege to reward these great kids with scholarships and also to help ease the cost of post-secondary education.”

Local recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
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• Eleanor Rinehart, 11, Tucson — After losing loved ones to cancer, Eleanor made 12 wigs for cancer patients through Locks for Love.

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• Charles Goode, 12, Tucson — After a friend was diagnosed with autism, Charles raised $7,000 for autism treatment by playing 100 holes of golf in one day.

Winners were selected based on initiative, leadership, creativity and generosity. The regional winners now qualify for one of 10 national scholarships worth $5,000. Kohl’s will also contribute $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner. National winners will be announced at the end of July. In total, Kohl’s plans to award more than $350,000 in scholarships and prizes this summer. Since its inception in 2001, more than $1.8 million in scholarships and prizes has been awarded to nearly 9,000 inspiring kids nationwide.

The Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Cares for Kidsâ, Kohl’s philanthropic program which is focused on improving the lives of children. Kohl’s Cares for Kids benefits children’s health and education initiatives nationwide through its merchandise program featuring books and plush toys, a children’s hospital program, fundraising gift cards and the A-Team associate volunteer program.

For more information or a complete list of Kohl’s Kids Who Care regional-level winners, visit www.kohlskids.com.

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