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July 13, 2010 > Irvington Graduate Chosen as regional winner

Irvington Graduate Chosen as regional winner

Pooja Shah honored with $1,000 scholarship

By Rajeswari Ramanathan
Photos By courtesy of Pooja Shah

Just weeks after meeting President Barack Obama for the Presidential Scholar Award and graduating from Irvington High School, 17-year-old Pooja Ketan Shah was notified about her success with the Kohl's Kids Who Care regional scholarship. Shah received $1,000 toward college expenses as a regional finalist.

Shah was chosen for her leadership abilities, creativity and initiative to make a difference not just in her community, but in the world. Having aided over 600 elementary school students through her non-profit organization, "Just Start, Incorporated," Shah proved her generosity to the world. Working with schools in Fremont and Hayward, she was able to run after-school programs for at-risk or disadvantaged second and third-graders. In fact, Shah plans to expand the program "that allows elementary-age children to explore creatively and build life skills in day camps during the summer" to the city of Vadodara, Gujarat in her homeland, India.

Nominated by Irvington High School teacher, Clint Johns, Shah is honored to be the only Fremont student selected out of 206 students from throughout the nation. There is still one more selection round. The top ten national winners will receive a total of $10,000 toward college expenses. Those winners will be announced at the end of July.

Begun in 2001, The Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program has given $2.2 million in scholarships and prizes to more than 11,000 youth volunteers. The program is part of Kohl's Cares for Kids, a philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children.

Julie Gardner, Kohl's executive vice president and chief marketing officer says, "As we celebrate the 10th annual Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, now more than ever, we feel privileged to be in a position to help support the continued education of deserving kids across the country who are making a real difference in the lives of others."

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