The purpose of the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship program is to recognize and support 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 100 Wisconsin teachers with $3,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient's school will receive a matching $3,000 grant. Recipients' professional accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring. Wisconsin's religious and independent schools receive a proportionate number of the total fellowships awarded each year.


Only teachers who have been nominated are eligible to complete an application. For a detailed description of the nomination process and eligibility, please click on the Nomination page.

Nominated teachers will be provided a Kohl Teacher Fellowship application form on or before October 10, 2017. In order to provide all nominees an equal opportunity, they must follow all instructions listed in the application form. Applications must be typed.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

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 outside the applicant's immediate school community who is not currently employed by the school or a school board member. Those from outside the school may include, but are not limited to, former students, parents, community members, colleagues in a professional association not directly linked to the applicant's school, a university or college professor, and similar individuals. Letters are intended to enhance the nominee's application by illustrating 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 teachers must submit their completed application package to their diocese's/jurisdiction's central education office on or before November 24, 2017. Please contact your school administrator for your school's application guidelines.

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

Application Password:

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