Dolly Parton is dedicated to her fans.
One of the ways that she gives back is through the Imagination Library, which provides free books to children from birth to age five in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. To date, she’s help provide 85 million books to children around the world.
Now, she can say she’s the head of a literacy program that gives one million books a month to children around the world. To celebrate, Imagination Library has randomly chosen Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansasa two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas, to receive a $30,000 college scholarship.
“I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching a million children a month,” Parton said. “The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams, so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue her college degree. I’m thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious little Evey Johns from Conway, Arkansas will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”
The scholarship will be held in a special account and distributed to Johns when she enrolls in college. Over the next 16 years, the amount of scholarship should grow to nearly approximately $50,000.
“The thought of our daughter Evey going to college has been just that—a thought,” explained Evey’s mother, Connie. “Now, due to the enormous kindness and generosity of the Dollywood Foundation, that thought has now become a reality. Our family now has the means to develop a solid plan for our daughter’s future education. Thank you all so much for this unbelievable opportunity for our daughter.”