A Kern Valley student has been recognized as an outstanding youth volunteer for the Kohl's Department Stores "Kohl's Cares" scholarship program.

Garrett Willis from Kern Valley High School won a $1,000 scholarship toward college. According to Kohl's, Willis is involved in his school and church, and has been traveling to Tecoloto in Mexico since he was 9 years old, serving in an orphanage about six times a year for a week at a time. Every Christmas Garrett travels to Mexico to help provide food and gifts to approximately 1,500 children.

Other recent local Kohl's scholarship winners are: David Charity and Micah Matte both of Frazier Park, and Kathryn Rodriguez of Bakersfield.

Ten national winners will each receive a $10,000 scholarship and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit group on each national winner's behalf. More information: www.kohlskids.com.

-- Jorge Barrientos, Californian staff