Two Tucson youth are being honored for their volunteer work as part of the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program.

Levi Fallavollita, 13, and 7-year-old Emma Lock were two of nearly 200 young people to be named regional finalists, receiving $1,000 scholarships to be used for higher education. They now qualify for the chance to receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships.

After experiencing the impact of bullying firsthand, Levi wrote two books on how to avoid bullies, including personal stories from his peers about situations in which they had been bullied. Levi also ran anti-bullying workshops and spoke at schools and organizations about his efforts.

Emma created Lock Boxes of Love after her brother was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Understanding the feeling of helplessness that childhood cancer has on siblings, her nonprofit strives to make siblings feel special by providing them with care packages filled with books, blankets and stuffed animals.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.