February 11, 2010

Oh To Be Young (and Preturnaturally Gifted and Conscienscious) Again

Does your kid have what it takes to win a “Kohl’s Kids Who Care” scholarship? Do they spend hours helping out at the local animal shelter or putting their entrepreneurial gifts (think lemonade stands, bake sales) to work raising money for the homeless? If so, they could be the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship from Kohl’s.

This year the company's awarding more than $410,000 in scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 gift cards to 10 $10,000 scholarships. Your over-achieving youngster must be age 6-18 to qualify - and proof of age is required.

You’ve got until March 15 to enter or to nominate an outstanding young volunteer in your community. The rules require that you must be at least 21 to do so, however.

To give you an idea of what you’re up against, last year's winners included 8-year-old Hannah Turner, who collected 100,000 clothing items for homeless people; 12-year-old Rocco Fiorentino, who contributed to advocacy efforts that led to her legislature dedicating $1.2 million to Braille education and services in New Jersey; and 17-year-old Dallas Jessup, who raised nearly $1 million and founded a community service project that empowered girls to fight back against abduction and assault.

Wow. Beat that!

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