Kelsey Hirsch awarded scholarship for service

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CUMMING, Ga. — Three local students were awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Kelsey Hirsch, 14, of Cumming, and two other Atlanta-area students received the funds for their community service.

Hirsch, a South Forsyth High School student, and nearly 200 volunteers received scholarships through Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program.

Hirsch created Bands4RAINN, a nonprofit organization that raises money through the sale of arm bands for victims of sexual abuse. Through various fundraisers, Hirsch raised nearly $22,000 for the cause as of July 16. Her goal is $30,000.

“After hearing from my parents about the allegations of abuse by Jerry Sandusky, I decided that I wanted to make a difference and make the community service component of my bat mitzvah preparation toward helping survivors,” Hirsch said on her website.

Other Atlanta-area regional scholarship recipients include Olivia Ries, 11, from Fayetteville and Ivana Warren, 12, of Stone Mountain.

“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 spokesperson.

Each regional-level winner qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July. National winners will each receive $10,000 in scholarships. Kohl’s will also donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

For more information about the scholarship program, visit www.kohlskids.com.

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