OGDEN -- Tanner Neeley and Katelyn Struble both believe that one person, no matter their age, can make a difference in the world.
Both are among the 200 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program recipients for 2012. They each received $1,000 scholarships to go toward post-secondary education.
This is the 12th year of the program.
Tanner, 13, of West Weber, and Katelyn, 18, of Willard, spent the last couple of years volunteering, not in hopes of recognition, but instead to make a small change in their community.
"If I have the opportunity to help others, then hopefully, if I ever am in a situation where I need help, someone will want to help me," said Katelyn, who is preparing to head to Southern Utah University in the fall.
The second of four children, Katelyn said she was grateful to receive the scholarship. A 2012 Box Elder High School graduate, she has managed to complete one semester of college through concurrent enrollment courses and Advanced Placement tests. She also has received several other scholarships, but the money still isn't enough to pay for all of college.
"I know after the first semester I will have to work my way through school," said Katelyn, who is a certified nursing assistant at Pioneer Care and Rehabilitation Center in Brigham City.
Katelyn wants a career in a medical field, either as a nurse or in radiology.
But she also wants to continue to contribute to the community as a volunteer.
Katelyn began volunteering when she was 12 years old. Her projects have included organizing a 5K race to raise funds for victims of the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., planning food drives for the local food pantry, organizing others to decorate a local women's shelter for the holidays, tying quilts for the women at the shelter and organizing holiday activities and entertainment for a senior health care center.
"We need to look outside of ourselves and see there is more to the world, instead of getting bogged down by our own problems," Katelyn said.
Tanner also began looking outside of his community several years ago.
Tanner asked his mother, Kristen Neeley, where people who have no money get food. She took him to a local food bank to volunteer when he was 9 years old.
He learned about the "Cows for Cash" program and decided to raise funds to buy a steer for the Utah Food Bank.
"I asked friends and family, and I also put cans inside of businesses for donations," Tanner said.
After the first steer was bought and donated to the Utah Food Bank, Tanner didn't think he could raise another $2,700 to buy a steer.
Coming to his aid was father and son, Dale Nelson and Terry Nelson, who donated two steers for Tanner to raise -- one for 2011 and another for this year. Tanner has also received hay donations from farmers to help him feed the steers.
Tanner took on the project not because of Boy Scouts or a school assignment, but because he wanted to help those less fortunate than himself, Kristen Neeley said.
Tanner, who is an eighth-grader at Walquist Junior High School, knows he is lucky because he has a large pasture next to his home where a steer can graze during the summer. Tanner makes sure there is always plenty of water for the steer, and feeds it in the morning before he goes to school.
"Wintertime is hard because it is so cold, and the water freezes if the heater is not on," Tanner said.
Tanner said he thinks anyone can make a difference if they "just believe in it."