“Kohl’s is proud to recognize the 182 regional winners nationwide for their dedication to making their communities a better place to live,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We commend these bright volunteers for being inspiring examples for others as they have made a difference in their own communities and touched the lives of others through their efforts.”
Local recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
Meggan Dingus, 17, Milford
In an effort to increase diversity in her community, Meggan created One World Many Cultures (OWMC), a program in which second grade students at local elementary schools have the opportunity to learn up to three foreign languages as a supplement to their curriculum. Currently there are approximately 65 instructors and more than 500 children have befitted from OWMC to date.
Alexander Laman, 11, Loveland
Alexander’s love of reading prompted him to co-found Adopt a Book, a nonprofit dedicated to collecting and donating new and gently used books to kids in need. Together with his sister, Alexander has donated more than 35,000 books to more than 45 schools and youth-serving organizations.
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 nearly $400,000in scholarships and prizes.