MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.– The Kohl’s Department Stores’ (NYSE: KSS) Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program honors more than 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward post-secondary education. 10 children from the Philadelphia 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:
- Mia Bobenko, 11, Orefield – Mia volunteers at The Gress Mountain Ranch, feeding, watering and maintaining the grounds for 39 animals.
- Matthew Carey, 18, Mount Bethel – After finishing treatments for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Matthew became a national spokesperson for childhood cancer through the Angel 34 “Kids Helping Kids” initiative, traveling across the country to gain awareness and funds for the cause.
- Jacob Danko, 11, Hatboro – Jacob worked to raise awareness for wildlife and habitat conservation, raised more than $5,500 for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and was chosen to be one of the first junior ambassadors for the organization.
- Katherine England, 18, Newtown Square – Katherine has collected and donated more than 1,000 bags of care items worth $24,000 to young girls involved in domestic abuse situations or placed in the foster care system.
- Maggie Foss, 12, Turnersville – Maggie volunteers at a local animal adoption center and organized an animal product drive that collected 400 items for the shelter.
- Brett Hoffman, 11, Yardley – Brett established the Hearts for Jayla Foundation benefitting Wills Eye Hospital and raises funds for the nonprofit by designing, making and selling jewelry.
- Ryan Jones, 16, Bear – Ryan volunteers hundreds of hours each year for Special Olympics Delaware, serving as an ambassador for the organization’s Project Unify, working one-on-one with athletes, staffing events and serving as the organization’s official mascot.
- Jaclyn Murray, 8, West Chester – Jaclyn created and sold custom flip-flops to raise more than $5,000 for the nonprofit organization “Cuddle My Kids,” which provides support to the kids of cancer patients.
- Adele Taylor, 15, Williamstown – Adele founded a nonprofit organization called Adele’s Literacy Library that has successfully donated more than 2,000 brand new books and bookmarks to charitable organizations, schools and libraries.
- Neha Gupta, 14, Yardley – Neha founded the nonprofit organization Empower Orphans to help orphaned and underprivileged children in the U.S. and India, and has opened three libraries with 10,000 books, a computer lab, a science lab and a sewing center for girls.
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 Cares, 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. For more information, visit www.kohlskids.com.