Kohl’s Department Stores Recognizes 10 Youth with $10,000 Scholarships for
Outstanding Community Service
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- July 30, 2014
Today, Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced the 10 national winners
of the Kohl’s Cares^® Scholarship Program. These exceptional youth, ranging in
age from six to 18, 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.
“Kohl’s is thrilled to recognize the ten national winners of the Kohl’s Cares
Scholarship Program and we applaud them for the time, energy and passion they
have devoted to helping others and making a difference,” said Bevin Bailis,
Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “Whether it
is collecting and distributing more than 200,000 books to children or raising
money to purchase AEDs to be placed at local parks and playgrounds, these
children are doing inspiring work in their communities every day.”
Winners are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project
benefits and outcome. This year’s winners were selected from more than 37,000
youth nominees nationwide for their volunteer efforts.
National scholarship recipients include:
*Ryan Anderson, 18, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
After noticing the piles of school supplies kids toss away, Ryan created
The ReLearn Foundation, dedicated to collecting gently used school
supplies to be donated to students around the world. Last year Ryan
collected more than 1,500 pounds of school supplies that were donated to
schools in Guatemala and Jamaica.
*Hannah Bergwell, 18, Overland Park, Kansas
After witnessing her autistic brother’s struggles to build social
relationships with his classmates, Hannah created Art for Autism, an art
club offering a safe, low stress environment for students with autism to
meet, interact and develop relationships with their classmates. Through
various fundraising activities, Art for Autism has donated $18,000 to
*Dahkota Brown, 15, Jackson, California
After learning that Native American teens have the highest suicide rates
and the highest high school dropout rates in the United States, Dahkota
created NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students), a positive
peer-to-peer youth group dedicated to helping Native American high school
students understand the importance of education and create a network of
*Emily Christensen, 11, Manchester, Connecticut
Emily created Crayons for Cancer, a nonprofit committed to helping ease
the financial burdens placed on families whose children are suffering from
cancer by selling wax creations made by melting a box of old crayons. The
group has raised more than $73,000 and has built partnerships with three
children’s hospitals in the United States to provide parking passes, meal
tickets and lodging for family members during their child’s hospital stay.
*Sarah Dewitz, 14, Orlando, Florida
Motivated by her love of reading and desire to help others, Sarah created
the Just One Book organization and launched a bookmobile to collect and
distribute books to low income families throughout Central Florida. To
date, Just One Book has provided more than 200,000 books to children in
Florida and is expanding services to New Jersey this year.
*Zachary Rice, 11, Long Valley, New Jersey
While in the hospital with a hip infection, Zachary found minor pain
relief while playing the hospital’svideogaming system. The distraction
motivated him to start The Action For Distraction 5K Family Fun Run/Walk &
Kids Action Marathon, an event in which more than 300 participants raised
$18,500 last year to provide the hospital with enough money to purchase 34
new electronic devices for every room on the children's floor.
*Rachel Ritchie, 10, Vine Grove, Kentucky
After noticing some disabled children unable to play at the local
playground because the equipment was physically inaccessible, Rachel
started Rachel's Fun For Everyone Project, a plan to build a new area
playground that children of all abilities could enjoy. Through various
fundraising activities, Rachel collected $36,000 for the project and
doesn’t plan on stopping until the accessible playground is complete.
*Adena Rochelson, 14, Fayetteville, New York
Adena created Operation Soap Dish, an organization that collects and
donates personal and household items to area food pantries and other
organizations that help those less fortunate. Adena has collected more
than 18,000 items and has more than 15 ongoing collection drives.
*Grace Soultanian, 12, Shirley, Massachusetts
Grace created HEARTSTRONG, a nonprofit that raises awareness and money to
purchase Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), for area schools,
athletic fields and other facilities. Through various fundraising efforts,
Grace has raised $7,000 to help fund seven new AEDs, which are now in
place at local parks and field houses.
*Anna Sun, 12, Canton, Michigan
Wanting to make sure music lessons and stringed instruments were available
to area school children, Anna started The Little Stars Foundation, a
nonprofit committed to youth music education. Together with local high
school music teachers, the group offers free violin workshops and has
raised more than $1,500 to purchase five violins for children who could
not afford them.
Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 22,000 kids,
including the 2014 winners, with more than $4.3 million in scholarships and
prizes. This year, Kohl’s recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with
nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. For more information or a complete
list of Kohl’s Cares ^ Scholarship Program national-, regional-, and
local-level winners, visit www.kohlskids.com.
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.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores
in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead
fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands,
incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store,
onlineatKohls.comand via mobile devices.Committed to our communities,
Kohl’s has raised more than$257 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 additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental
initiatives, visitwww.Kohls.com/Cares.For a list of store locations and
information, or for the added convenience of shopping online,
Connect with Kohl’s:
Tami Kou, 262-703-7725
Jackie Kacala, 262-703-7204
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