Scholarship programs

February 18, 2008

Kohl's Kids Who Care program

Kohl's this year plans to award $300,000 in scholarships and prizes to 1,900 young people ages 6 to 18.

Awards range from $50 to $5,000 and are presented to recognize selfless acts.

Through the Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, more than 7,000 scholarships and prizes totaling more than $1.5 million have been awarded to youth volunteers nationwide since 2001.

America's youth contribute more than 1.3 billion hours of community service each year, according to Corporation for National and Community Service figures referred to in a press release from Kohl's.

Last year's national Kids Who Care scholarship winners included a 9-year-old who raised $19,000 to buy 23,000 pounds of food for a local food pantry, a 12-year-old who raised more than $20,000 for kids with life-threatening illnesses and a 17-year-old who founded a school group to increase student and community autism awareness.


Nominations are being accepted through March 15. Two nominees from each of the more than 900 Kohl's stores will win a $50 Kohl's gift card; 190 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten volunteers will get national recognition, winning scholarships worth $5,000 toward post-secondary education.

Those wishing to nominate a young volunteer for a Kid Who Cares scholarship will find additional information and a list of past winners at

McDonald's Educates program

McDonald's Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., will honor high school seniors throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., area who have demonstrated leadership, character, exceptional scholastic skills and volunteerism.

Through the McDonald's Educates Scholarship Program, each of at least 45 student honorees will receive a $1,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice and will be recognized at an event in May.

The McDonald's Educates Scholarship Program recipients are chosen based on an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or community service leader. Students also submit two short essays detailing lessons they have learned through community service and the importance of education in relation to cultural diversity.

This is the fifth year of the McDonald's Educates Scholarship Program. In the past four years, the McDonald's Family of Greater Washington, D.C., has given more than $327,000 in scholarships to local students.

The application deadline is March 1. The scholarship winners will be announced in April.

Those interested may call 703-741-7525 or go to for an application and details.

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