SALT LAKE CITY – This week, the Kohl’s Department Stores’ (NYSE: KSS) Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program honored nearly 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward higher education. Two youths from the Salt Lake City-area were chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities.
“Kohl’s is proud to recognize the 182 regional winners nationwide for their dedication to making their communities a better place to live,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We commend these bright volunteers for being inspiring examples for others as they have made a difference in their own communities and touched the lives of others through their efforts.”
Utah recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
- Emilee Hamilton, 16, Providence, Utah
Emilee organized YOUth Connect, a service program dedicated to bringing youth and the elderly together to not only empower youth through giving back, but also to remove feelings of loneliness and isolation in the elderly. Emilee has recruited more than 240 members to YOUth Connect who visit senior centers each month.
- Taylor Taft, 11, Herriman, Utah
With a mission of encouraging kids to get involved in service projects, Taylor started the Super Service League club. Through the club, Taylor organized a book drive and was able to give more than 600 books to a local school for students who might not have books at home.
Winners are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome. 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 more than 2,300 young volunteers with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes.
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. 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 on the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program visit kohlskids.com.