BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield High graduate Sharila Stewart has $1,000 to her name thanks to Kohl’s.
Each year the department store hands out thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school grads who help their community and are headed to college.
Stewart was nominated for the national scholarship by the charity she volunteers for.
The Social Empowerment Educational Development Program aims to enrich the lives of African-American students.
Stewart mentors the younger kids and helps them with math, reading, writing, and speech.
She was chosen from more than 35,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in Bakersfield.
Sharila will find out at the end of July if she has moved on in the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program in which Kohl’s will award a student another $9,000 in scholarship money and another $1,000 for charity.
In the fall she will go to UCLA where she will study psychiatry.