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Kohl’s looks for leaders

Program rewards young community leaders who show an interest in helping

Posted: February 12, 2009 12:14 a.m.
Updated: February 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita kids have an incentive to take their community service involvement to the next level and compete for academic scholarships.

The Kohl's Corporation's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program wants the names of standout youths ages 6 to 18 who show exemplary community service and leadership skills.

Community members age 21 and older can nominate a youth Feb. 2 through March 15 at by describing in detail his or her participation in a community service activity. Efforts must exceed what is normally expected of a child his or her age in the last 12 months. The activity must have a positive impact and cannot solely benefit a family member.

Applicants must be in high school as of March 15.

Nominees will compete through the Kohl's store on Valencia Boulevard in two age categories: ages 6 to 12 and ages 13 to 18. Judges will compare the creativity, initiative, generosity, leadership and project reach of each youth's activity.

Judges will announce the winners in June and award the winner in each category a $50 Kohl's gift card.

Store winners will compete for a $1,000 regional scholarship and regional winners will compete for a $5,000 national scholarship and $1,000 donation to a nonprofit organization.

The 2008 store-level winners from the Valencia store were Heather Mcelhaney, 17 from Canyon Country, and Nickolas Napolitano, 10 from Canyon Country.

Program officials plan to award 194 $1,000 regional scholarship awards and 10 $5,000 national scholarships.

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