Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Application & Selection


Application and Selection Process
Students may apply by accessing the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website.  In order to provide all nominees an equal opportunity, they must follow all instructions in the application form. 

Students must submit their completed applications no later than Friday, November 3, 2017. Do not send copies of applications or artifacts (letters of recommendation) to the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

This year, different than in years past, there is not a limit to the number of applications that can come from a single high school or a district. Additionally, there is not a selection process at the school district or building level. The first round of application scoring will take place at the CESA level, or for Milwaukee Public School District (MPS) students, at the district level. 

Once completed, the student applications are then forwarded to the Regional Selection Committee, which is coordinated in each of the state’s 12 Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs), or Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS).  Students who have reached the Regional Selection Committee will be notified by their CESA or MPS whether or not their application has progressed to the Statewide Selection Committee.

Successful applicants' materials will be forwarded to a Statewide Selection Committee by Friday, December 22, 2017. Applicants not advancing to the Statewide Selection Committee will be notified by their CESA agency or MPS. Representatives of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, CESAs and MPS, the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Parents Association, and state education-related associations serve on the State Selection Committee.  Applicants who have reached the Statewide Selection Committee will be contacted in early March with the results.

Use of Scholarship Grant
A Kohl Excellence Scholarship may be used to directly reimburse the student’s post-secondary institution for tuition, room and board, books, technology, equipment and fees.  In August 2018, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation will send the scholarship grants directly to the postsecondary institutions. Students will be able to choose from among three scholarship disbursement options:  

​1.  The scholarship may be paid in full all at once;
​2.  The scholarship may be distributed over two years at $5,000 per year;
​3.  The scholarship may be distributed over four years at $2,500 per year.

Scholarship recipients will be honored and will receive certificates representing their awards at a special luncheon held in the spring.