Out of 32,000 nominees from around the United States, 10-year-old Wilton girl Alexa Steckel was one of 2,500 children to be recognized and awarded scholarship prize money from Kohl’s Department Stores as part of its Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Steckel was recognized Wednesday, June 10, for her volunteer work in the community.
Steckel received the award for her work as founder of Help Change Cancer, an initiative to raise money and to recruit other volunteers to participate in various fundraising activities supporting local and national organizations fighting back against cancer.
The news isn’t surprising to GOOD Morning Wilton, which profiled Alexa and her organization back in September of 2013.
According to Alexa’s mom, Julie Steckel, Help Change Cancer has raised more than $6,000 to date, donating more than $2,000 this year alone, in hopes of eradicating the disease.
Kohl’s announced the recipients, noting the 10 national winners, who were awarded $10,000 scholarships for higher education. Steckel was named as a regional winner along with 200 other youngsters, each of whom received a $1,000 scholarship; and more than 2,000 students from all 50 states were named local winners, and received $50 Kohl’s gift cards. In all, Kohl’s Department Stores awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships for higher education and prizes through its Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program.
“Kohl’s is thrilled to recognize this year’s winners of the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, and we applaud their efforts to better the communities in which they live,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president of communications and public relations. “It is an honor to support these students as they pursue higher education and continue to inspire all of us to serve others.”