MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Today, Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) named 10 outstanding young volunteers as national winners of the Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program. As Kohl’s celebrates 10 years of rewarding stand-up kids through the program, the company has increased its 2010 national scholarship totals to $10,000 per winner. In addition to recognizing these volunteers, ranging in age from nine to 18, with scholarships, Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization of each winner’s choice. The winnings come at a time when college tuition and fees have risen nearly five percent annually for the last decade according to the Trends in College Pricing 2009 report by The College Board.
“For the past 10 years, Kohl’s has been proud to recognize and support the education of extraordinary kids and hope their selfless acts will inspire more young people to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
“Through incredible acts such as creating a thriving literacy program at a homeless shelter, harvesting and selling honey to benefit cancer research and leading a local movement to promote teen health, our 2010 winners exemplify the true meaning of volunteerism and demonstrate that regardless of age, people are capable of remarkable and inspiring accomplishments,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “For the past 10 years, Kohl’s has been proud to recognize and support the education of extraordinary kids and hope their selfless acts will inspire more young people to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
This year’s winners were selected from more than 27,000 youth nominees nationwide for volunteer efforts reaching far above and beyond what is normally expected of children. These remarkable efforts include raising funds to provide education to underprivileged kids, starting organizations to raise awareness and money for childhood diseases and providing toys, books and supplies to local families in need.
National scholarship recipients include:
Since the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program began in 2001, Kohl’s has awarded more than 11,000 youth volunteers ages six to 18 with more than $2.2 million in scholarships and prizes. This year, Kohl’s recognized more than 2,100 nominees with more than $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Each national winner will receive a total of $10,000 for college, and $1,000 from Kohl’s to donate to the non-profit of their choice. For more information or a complete list of Kohl’s Kids Who Care national-level winners, visit www.kohlskids.com.
The 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 cause merchandise program, featuring special books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares features the Associates in Action program, which encourages associate volunteerism and provided more than $10 million in grants to youth-focused nonprofit organizations last year alone; and fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.kohlscorporation.com.
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. By the end of September, Kohl’s will operate 1,089 stores in 49 states with a commitment to environmental leadership. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $150 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 shopping online, visit www.kohls.com.