Ten national winners chosen from more than 35,000 Kohl’s Cares
Scholarship Program nominees for volunteer initiatives
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 31, 2013--
Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced the 10 national winners of
Cares® Scholarship Program. These exceptional youth,
ranging in age from eight to 17, are the recipients of a total of
$10,000 in scholarships each for higher education. In addition to the
scholarships, Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization of
each winner’s choice. Through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program,
Kohl's is encouraging promising youth to further their education at a
time when college costs continue to rise and parents are relying heavily
on federal and private student loans to fund higher education.*
Paige Alenick, 17, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey (Photo: Business Wire)
Winners are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and
project benefits and outcome. This year’s winners were selected from
more than 35,000 youth nominees nationwide for their volunteer efforts.
National scholarship recipients include:
Paige Alenick, 17, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey – Paige launched
Donate-A-Toothbrush, an organization dedicated to providing the tools
to those without access or means to toothbrushes. She’s donated more
than 38,000 toothbrushes to more than 20 Third World countries,
shelters for battered women and children, a nursery school in Kenya,
and victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Matt Benjamin, 15, Tulsa, Oklahoma – Matt founded A Chance for
the Children, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the
lives of orphaned children across the world, and raised $31,500 to
build a house for orphans in Uganda.
Nicholas Curley, 8, Chicago, Illinois – In honor of his cousin
who has epilepsy, Nicholas ice skated 100 miles and raised
$40,000 for the Danny Did Foundation. The Foundation is using the
money to purchase monitoring devices that sound an alarm when someone
with epilepsy suffers a seizure while sleeping.
Jayci Derby, 12, San Antonio, Texas – While decorating her
grandfather’s grave, Jayci noticed few other war hero graves were
being honored, so she set out to address the issue by starting Jayci’s
Wreathes for Heroes. She collected more than $18,000 for wreaths and
led a group to place them on grave sites at Ft. Sam Houston National
Cemetery for National Wreath Day.
Adrianna Gonzalez, 11, Kissimmee, Florida – After seeing
students in her own community attending class without adequate school
supplies, Adrianna started Little Elves for Little Angels, raising
nearly $42,000 to buy new school supplies for children in need and
collecting new gifts for more than 200 children this past Christmas.
Garland Jones, 17, Marietta, Georgia – Garland created the
“Back-N-Pack” (Bringing A Child Key Necessities), project to provide
food for poor and distressed refugee families in Atlanta, and has
collected more than 16,000 pounds of food and raised more than $4,500
for the cause.
Nur Kose, 14, Newark, Delaware – After learning fresh drinking
water isn’t available to everyone, Nur created a Well Project team and
raised enough money to install 23 wells that provide clean water to
more than 69,000 people in Africa.
Nicholas Lowinger, 15, Cranston, Rhode Island – After observing
many homeless children without proper shoes on their feet, Nicholas
started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, collecting new sneakers, shoes
and boots for more than 7,400 homeless children nationwide.
Sonali Ranaweera, 12, San Jose, California – Sonali’s
compassion for children inspired her to start Recycling4Smiles, an
organization that has raised more than $3,000 to finance 13 cleft lip
surgeries through Smile Train by recycling 7,200 pounds of aluminum,
plastic and glass.
Jessica Streepy, 12, Palatine, Illinois – Jessica devotes her
time to advocating for the organization One Day’s Wages and has raised
more than $20,000, including profits from the sale of homemade hair
and hat clips and scarves from her business B-U-Barrettes, to help
alleviate extreme global poverty.
In 2013, Kohl’s celebrates its 13th year of rewarding young
volunteers. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more
than 19,000 kids, including the 2013 winners, with more than $3.9
million in scholarships and prizes. This year, Kohl’s recognized more
than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and
prizes. For more information or a complete list of Kohl’s Cares
Scholarship Program national-, regional-, and store-level winners,
The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Cares,
Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children.
For more information, visit www.kohls.com/cares.
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 1,155 stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231
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
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*Reuters. “As college costs rise in U.S., parents fall short of saving
goals.” Heather Struck. 2013.
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