WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP?
The Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship is a $10,000 award that is paid directly to the recipient's chosen college. One hundred scholarships are awarded annually to public and religious/independent school students.
WHO IS ELIGIBILE TO BE CONSIDERED?
One hundred different Wisconsin high schools are selected each year to award an Initiative Scholarship to one of their students. Students must be enrolled at one of this year's designated high schools in order to be eligible for consideration. The intent of the Initiative Scholarship is to recognize students who are putting forth extraordinary effort to do their best in the classroom, have overcome significant personal obstacles or other adversity, and whose class rank is likely to make them ineligible for academic scholarships. Selected Initiative Scholars should be students who:
1. are unlikely to be eligible for other academic-based scholarships;
2. have overcome personal obstacles or other adversity;
3. have achieved an academic record that represents their maximum effort;
4. show strong promise for succeeding in a postsecondary environment as evidenced by a well-rounded, solid secondary school performance;
5. display other outstanding qualities, demonstrate a high level of motivation to achieve; and
6. are residents of Wisconsin.
HOW CAN I BE CONSIDERED?
If you believe you meet the criteria, and your school is among those that will receive an Initiative Scholarship to be awarded in 2018, contact your school principal or counselor in September.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION DEADLINE?
Your school must determine its scholarship recipient and submit the completed selection form for the chosen student by December 8, 2017. Forms should be sent to Mary Johnson,
Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, 110 E. Main St, Suite 802, Madison, WI 53703
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
Your school will form a screening committee, composed of school teachers and administrators, to evaluate eligible students and select the Initiative Scholarship recipient from your school.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO RECEIVE AN INITIATIVE SCHOLARSHIP?
You will be contacted by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in early March, 2018.
MUST THE SCHOLARSHIP BE USED ONLY AT WISCONSIN COLLEGES?
The scholarship may be used at any postsecondary institution and is not limited to Wisconsin colleges.
MUST I ENROLL AS A FULL TIME COLLEGE STUDENT IN ORDER TO USE THE SCHOLARSHIP?
You may be a part time or full time student to use the scholarship.
DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP EXPIRE IF IT IS NOT USED RIGHT AFTER I GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL?
You may defer your scholarship if you do not plan to use it immediately after you graduate from high school, but you must notify the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation by August 1 if you plan to defer the scholarship for use in another year.