Oxnard teen in national top three run-off for college scholarship

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Taylor Penny, a BGCOP member and top three finalist, hoping to win a $50,000 scholarship from JCPenney.

Local teen Taylor Penny is a top three finalist, hoping to win a $50,000 scholarship from JCPenney. The company is celebrating its $100-million milestone that has benefited Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) afterschool programs and others nationwide, and launched a Facebook campaign that invites fans to “Care. Share. Win!” by deciding who and which organizations will receive the next million dollars in scholarships and grants.

Taylor Penny, who is a member and volunteer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, was selected by JCPenney as a finalist. In addition, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is one of four afterschool charities nationally competing for a portion of the giveaway made possible through the company’s signature charity, JCPenney Afterschool.

Through two online voting initiatives, the campaign seeks to recognize youth volunteers across the country by allocating $500,000 in scholarships and grants. Students (ages 13-18) who share their personal stories of how they are donating their time in their communities are eligible to win one of 50 college scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $50,000, and a matching grant for their favorite charity.

Starting today and continuing for just one week, Facebook fans can view and vote for the ultimate grand prize winner among Taylor and two other finalists who are competing for a $50,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 charity donation. Second place receives a $30,000 scholarship and $30,000 charity donation and third place earns a $20,000 scholarship and $20,000 charity donation.

“Taylor stands for what our organization is all about, giving young people the support and opportunity to achieve their potential. She is an amazing person with integrity, compassion and the leadership to give back to the community, even at a young age. We are so proud of her and hope the entire community will support her by voting for her on JCPenney’sFacebook page,” said Erin Antrim, director of program services of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Simultaneously, the campaign will also award a total of $500,000 to four national afterschool organizations: BGCA, The Y, National 4-H and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The afterschool organization that generates the most votes on JCPenney’s Facebook page by Oct. 17 will win $250,000. The second place winner will receive $150,000, third place $75,000 and fourth place $25,000.

The Care. Share. Win! campaign launched Sept. 21 at http://www.facebook.com/jcpenney with the winners to be announced on Oct. 21 in conjunction with Lights On Afterschool, a nationally recognized day that generates awareness for the importance of afterschool programs in every community.

By involving parents, volunteers, educators and the business community, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme helps youth reach their full potential through a positive environment, lifelong learning and programs dedicated to the arts, education, character and leadership development, health and recreation. Programs are based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs, and are designed to expand participants’ areas of interest. For more information, visit www.positiveplace4kids.org or call (805) 815-4959, ext. 203.

About JCPenney’s Commitment to Afterschool

As a leading corporate advocate for the afterschool issue, JCPenney works with afterschool organizations to increase the accessibility and affordability of afterschool programs across the country. Through its legacy of supporting youth and charitable organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Y, National 4-H, United Way and FIRST, JCPenney formalized its commitment to the afterschool issue by establishing the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since its inception, more than $100 million has been distributed to afterschool programs across every JCPenney community thereby making it possible for more children to participate in life-enriching programs that inspire them to be smart, strong and socially responsible. For more information, visit http://www.jcpenneyafterschool.org.

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