Who Is Eligible

Applicants must be graduating from a religious/independent high school and intend to enroll in a postsecondary institution, which may be a public or private university, college or vocational/technical college. Applicants must be residents of the State of Wisconsin, U.S.A., in good standing, and demonstrate probable success in postsecondary education.

Selection Criteria

Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals. This is a competitive scholarship. See How Your Application Will Be Scored for details.

Application Process

Excellence Scholarship application forms will be provided to schools in September. Applications must be typed. Completed applications must be received by the central office for the diocese/jurisdiction with which the student's school is affiliated, no later than November 23, 2016.

Selection of Finalists

Each diocese/jurisdiction is permitted to submit a designated number of applicants for consideration by the state selection committee. The number of applicant finalists is determined by the total enrollment for each diocese/jurisdiction. Each diocese/jurisdiction will assemble a selection committee to review the submitted applications.

Each diocese/jurisdiction will submit its finalists to the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) on or before December 8, 2017. WCRIS will submit the applications of finalists to the state selection committee, which will consist of representatives from the cooperative educational service agencies, WCRIS, Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, the community, and education-related associations. The committee will convene late January 2018 to score applications. Applicants will be contacted in early March, 2018.

Use of Scholarship Grant

A Kohl Excellence Scholarship may only be used to directly reimburse tuition, room and board, books, technology, and fees for post-secondary education. In August, 2018 the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation will make the $5000 scholarship grants directly to the postsecondary institutions that scholarship recipients attend. Scholarship recipients will be honored and will receive certificates representing their awards at a special luncheon held in the spring of 2018.

Abigail Pavela
Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools
Suite 802, 110 E. Main Street
Madison, WI 53703


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