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July 1, 2011 > Kohl's recognizes volunteerism

Kohl's recognizes volunteerism

Five local students in the running for scholarships

Submitted By Erin Kelbe

Kohl's department store will recognize nearly 2,200 young volunteers nationwide who positively impacted their communities through the Kohl's Cares(r) Scholarship Program. This year's program is the eleventh year of recognizing youth volunteer initiative.

Five local winners were announced: Pooja Kachhia, age 18, Fremont; Nathanial Leon, age 12, Fremont; Rajeswari Ramanathan, age 17, Fremont; Sajan Shah, age 17, Milpitas; Makenzie Stange, age 8, Newark.

Each student will receive a $50 gift card and recognition certificate from Kohl's to reward their efforts. They also qualify for a chance to receive a $1,000 regional scholarship for post-secondary education to be awarded in July.

Of the more than 200 regional winners, 10 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 nearly 2,200 nominees with nearly $420,000 in scholarships and prizes this year.

"Through our Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl's has had the privilege of honoring thousands of outstanding young volunteers across the country and we are thrilled to recognize nearly 2,200 additional amazing kids in 2011," said Julie Gardner, Kohl's executive vice president and chief marketing officer."

A list of all winners from California is available at

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