Each diocese/jurisdiction receives an application allotment based on the total student enrollment of the jurisdiction. Jurisdiction representatives receive this allotment number in September.
Please note that some jurisdictions may have separate rotation schedules in which schools are eligible to participate each year. If you are unsure if your jurisdiction has its own rotation schedule, please check with your superintendent/WCRIS representative first before completing an application. Your superintendent/WCRIS representative, with contact information, can be found on the WCRIS website under "WCRIS board members".
Each diocese/jurisdiction will assemble a selection committee to review the submitted applications. Committee representation should include students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, civic and business leaders, and local newspaper people.
Local nominees' applications are forwarded to the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools office on or before Monday, December 12, 2016.
Successful applicants' materials will be forwarded to a State Selection Committee. The state selection committee 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 on January 31-February 1, 2017 to score applications. Applicants will be contacted in early March, 2017.
Fellowship recipients will be honored and will receive certificates representing their awards at a special luncheon held in the spring of 2017.