Local Kids Awarded $9,000 In Scholarships For Charity Efforts

By Erin Epstein

Lila Copeland, 12, received a Kohl's Cares scholarship for creating the Earth Peace Foundation.

Lila Copeland, 12, received a Kohl’s Cares scholarship for creating the Earth Peace Foundation.

Lila Copeland, 12, from L.A., created the Earth Peace Foundation and has educated 1,500 people about species equality and a clean plant-based food supply. Noah Crouse, 11, from Rancho Santa Margarita, started an organization called Magical Missions, which organizes magic shows in his community. He has raised more than $1,500 for Oklahoma tornado relief. They are two of the nine L.A. area kids chosen to receive the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship for making a positive impact in their local communities.

The other seven additional local scholarship recipients are:

  • Wyatt Benson, 13, of Oak Hills, who created the Healthy Heritage program, which educates families on the importance of exercise, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Nathalie Castanos, 12, Downey, who organized volunteer groups to cook and serve meals for families staying at the Long beach Ronald McDonald House.
  • Matthew Christian, 12, of Claremont, who founded Team Malaria, a student group that educates and fundraises to fight the spread of Malaria.
  • Amit Dodani, 16, of West Hills, who started My Name My Story (MNMS), which encourages empathy in youth through storytelling, teamwork, leadership and service opportunities.
  • Noah Crouse, 11, from Rancho Santa Margarita, started an organization called Magical Missions, which organizes magic shows in his community.

    Noah Crouse, 11, from Rancho Santa Margarita, started an organization called Magical Missions, which organizes magic shows in his community.

    Samantha Hill, 9, of Wildomar, who began Raising funds to fight childhood cancer through hair-cutting fundraisers and efforts with Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

  • Marisol Jimenez, 17, of Norwalk, who organized the Dreaming Hard Warriors Family Foundation, which provides students with counseling and tutoring to help them succeed.
  • Shannon Mcnicholas, 17, of Mission Viejo, who started a club at school that educates students about domestic violence and teenage dating violence.

The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program honors young, deserving volunteers with scholarships toward higher education. Through the Kohl’s Cares program, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide. Kohl’s has recognized more than 22,000 kids and awarded more than $4.3 million in scholarship prizes since the program began in 2001.

“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” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations.

Winners of the scholarship are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome. Each regional winner qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships. National winners will then receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships, and Kohl’s will make a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

To learn more about the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

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