Written by Staff
MENOMONEE FALLS, WI – The Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program honors nearly 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward higher education. Four children from the Dallas-Fort Worth-area were chosen from more than 35,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities. 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.*
Local recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
Carson Bold, 12, Arlington – As a passionate and dedicated volunteer, Carson created Carson Cares, an organization that teaches kids how to give back to their communities. Carson recruited children to participate in volunteer activities, such as his annual “Lemonaid Stand” yard sale for SafeHaven of Tarrant County and the Carson Cares annual Season of Giving Party to create gift baskets for children in need during the holidays.
Charlsie Doan, 12, Dallas – Charlsie dedicates her time to volunteering for the annual KidSwing golf tournament, benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Charlsie personally fundraised more than $42,000 for the annual KidSwing golf event in 2012 and served as a KidSwing development ambassador to help recruit corporate sponsors.
Ariana Luterman, 13, Dallas – Harnessing her passion for triathlons, Ariana formed Team Ariana, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the growing number of homeless children in her community. Ariana sold corporate logo placements on her race gear and created a full line of Team Ariana clothing to raise nearly $50,000 to help support homeless children.
Morgan Reynolds, 18, Rockwall – Twice a year, Morgan actively participates in mission trips with her church to the Rio Grande Valley. This past summer, Morgan, along with a group of high school students, raised $20,000 for Christmas gifts for the Rio Grande Valley community and another $9,000 for the local community center.
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 more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes.
In 2013, Kohl’s celebrates its 13th year of rewarding young volunteers. Since the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship 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.