As of 2015, an adult who is age 21 or over must nominate a student for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship and include details of the nominee’s volunteer activities. The nominee must be a student between ages 6 and 18 who hasn’t graduated from high school.
The nomination process typically lasts from January to March, and the electronic form is available online at Kohls.ScholarshipAmerica.org. One adult can nominate several students using separate applications, but parents cannot nominate their own children. Qualifying volunteer activities must have occurred within 12 months of the last day of the nomination period. In the application, the nominator explains how the nominee’s volunteer activities offered a meaningful benefit to the community and describes any funds or resources collected during the project. The activity doesn’t qualify if the student’s efforts primarily benefited family members. The scholarship committee may request documentation from the student’s parent or nominator to verify information in the application.
The Kohl's Cares Scholarship is not academic- or need-based, so winners are awarded solely for merit. The awards are intended to help college-bound students pay for higher education Winners are divided into two age groups: 6 to 12 and 13 to 18. Ten national winners receive $10,000 scholarships, and 180 regional winners receive $1,000 scholarships. Kohl’s also awards $50 store gift cards to 2,300 local winners and donates $1,000 to a nonprofit organization chosen by each national winner.