Two scholarships being offered

From Staff Reports

March 9, 2008 - Two businesses recently announced they will be accepting applications for upwards of $10,000 in scholarship money to be awarded this year.

Wood County Electric Cooperative Inc. will award 10 scholarships for $1,000 each to area students. Kohl's is also offering $300,000 in scholarships and prizes ranging from $50 to $5,000 each to 1,900 kids to "recognize their selfless acts."

In order to be eligible for a $1,000 WCEC scholarship, students must be from Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur or Van Zandt County. Each student must also be a current member or dependent of active members of WCEC. Each applicant must fill out an application, submit two letters of reference and school certification of academic standing.

WCEC applicants must write a 450 to 500 word essay describing themselves and their current interests, plans and goals for the future including educational, professional and personal goals. The essay must also describe why the applicant has chosen the field of study they plan to pursue.

All WCEC scholarship entries must be received at WCEC headquarters, 501 S. Main St. in Quitman, by April 1. Applications may also be picked up at that location, or downloaded from the web at:

An independent panel of judges will read and score submissions, with the top 10 receiving a $1,000 college scholarship.

Last year, two students each from Winnsboro, Quitman and Mount Vernon High Schools, and one student each from Harmony, Hawkins, Van and Victoria Christian High Schools were awarded scholarships from Wood County Electric Cooperative Inc.

The Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program will continue to accept nominations of youth ages 6-18 who volunteer their services to others. The program was started as a means to recognize a few of the 15.5 million youth who participate in volunteer activities.

Last year's national winners included a 12-year-old who raised more than $20,000 for kids with life-threatening illnesses, a 9-year-old who raised $19,000 to buy 23,000 pounds of food for a food panty and a 17-year-old who founded a school group to increase student and community awareness of autism.

"We've seen kids take volunteering to new heights by creating their own community programs, teaching young kids to read after school and hosting birthday parties to benefit animal shelters, among other good deeds -- their compassion is evident and inspiring," Kohl's Department Stores Executive Vice President and Chief Marking Officer Julie Gardner noted in a press release from the company. "Through the Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, Kohl's is thrilled to encourage and reward these kids for their initiative, creativity, leadership and generosity."

To nominate a student deserving of recognition for their efforts, go online to and get your application in by March 15. Two nominees each for Kohl's 900 plus stores will win a $50 Kohl's gift card, with 190 of them earning a $1,000 for "post-secondary education." Ten students will earn national recognition and $5,000 scholarships for college, and Kohl's will contribute $1,000 to a non-profit organization on behalf of each of the 10 national winners. Youth volunteers are honored in two age categories: 6-9 and 13-18.

For more information about the Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, a list of past winners, or store location go to

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