The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin, USA. Our goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. Annually, the Foundation awards $3,000 Fellowships to 100 Wisconsin teachers, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient's school receives a matching $3,000 grant. Recipients' accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring.


Only educators who have been nominated are eligible to complete an application. Previous Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply. For a detailed description of the nomination process and eligibility, please click on the Nomination information page.

Nominated teachers will be sent a Kohl Teacher Fellowship application form in October. So that all applications can receive equal consideration, applicants must follow all instructions listed on the application form. Applications must be typed. Please review the application preparation instructions carefully.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1.personal educational philosophy
2.demonstrated ability to inspire
students' love of learning

3.creation of innovative projects
or programs
4.commitment to community
5.unrealized goals for their classroom
or professional development
6.positive qualities they see in education,
and changes they would like to see made to
strengthen and improve teaching

Each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must come from someone who is not employed by the applicant's school district. The latter may include, but is not limited to, former students, parents, community members, colleagues in a professional association not directly linked to the applicant's school district, a university or college professor, and similar individuals. All letters should illustrate specific examples of the skills and contributions, knowledge, or attributes emphasized in the application materials. The letters' quality contributes to the scoring process. See How Your Application Will Be Scored for details.

Application Due Date

Nominated public school teachers must submit their completed 2018 application package to their principal no later than November 3, 2017.

To download this form, you must use the password that was given to you in the nomination papers.

Application Password:

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