A Culver Girls Academy graduate is one of 200 students selected by Kohl’s Department Stores to receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Kennedy Donnelly ’13 (Denver) was selected from more than 35,000 nominees nationwide.
Donnelly raised more than $25,000 for Pencils of Promise, with the signature event being her 53-day cross-country bike ride. Pencils of Promise is a nonprofit dedicated to building schools in the developing world. Donnelly’s $25,000 is enough to build one school.
During her bike trip during the summer of 2012, Pencils of Promise named Donnelly an Impossible One, students who take on a seemingly impossible task to benefit the organization. She was featured in several magazines and a promotional video was done while she was riding near Bozeman, Mont.
Donnelly was honored during a New York benefit for PoP in October. At the time, she had raised $10,000 and Scooter Braun, Justin Beiber’s manager and a PoP board member, matched her total. She later raised the remaining amount to build the entire school, which will be located in Nicaragua or Guatemala.
Donnelly will be taking a gap year to attend a boarding school in the United Kingdom. She is one of six Culver 2013 graduates participating in the English Speaking Union program. The six will be spend a post-graduate year taking classes at ESU-designated boarding schools.