MIDDLESEX COUNTY – This week, Kohl’s Department Stores awarded more than 200 volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward post-secondary education. Through the 2010 Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, three Middlesex County students stood out among more than 27,000 nominees nationwide for helping to make their communities a better place.
“These kids are doing remarkable work to benefit their local communities,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “As we celebrate the 10th annual Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, now more than ever, we feel privileged to be in a position to help support the continued education of deserving kids across the country who are making a real difference in the lives of others.”
Middlesex County recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
- Ronak Gandhi, 17, Plainsboro – Gandhi organized a fundraiser for the March of Dimes that helped to raise more than $50,000 for the organization to help reduce premature birth, infant mortality and birth defects.
- Stephen O’Leary, 12, Spotswood – O’Leary collected shoes, school supplies and postage money to mail more than 40 cases of supplies to a U.S. marine requesting provisions for Afghani children.
- Rachael Siegel, 17, Edison – Siegel developed “Rachael’s Bears for Broadway Cares” to design, create and auction off Broadway theater-inspired teddy bears to raise more than $13,000 to benefit the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
One Union County resident also received a scholarship:
- Steven Smolyn, 16, Summit – Smolyn assembled and sold thousands of holiday decorations to raise more than $30,000 to benefit Gilda’s Club of New York City, a cancer support organization.
Winners were chosen based on initiative, creativity, leadership and generosity. Each regional-level winner also qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July. This year, Kohl’s is increasing the total scholarship amounts to $10,000 for 10 national winners, and will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each winner’s behalf. In total, Kohl’s will recognize more than 2,100 awardees with more than $410,000 in scholarships and prizes.
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