Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

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The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Award Program

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation was established in January 1990 and funds the programs described below.

FELLOWSHIP AWARD Awarded to date: $14,600,000 to 3,300 teachers and their schools

Teacher fellowships, currently $6,000 per teacher, are awarded to 100 Wisconsin educators in grades pre-K through 12.  Each fellow's school also receives a $6,000 grant. The educator nomination process begins within each public school district, or nonpublic school organization. Further screening takes place at the regional level, and the statewide selection committee chooses the award recipients.

Educators are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students and ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

LEADERSHIP AWARD Awarded to date: $1,356.000 to 113 principals and their schools.

The Leadership Award was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding Wisconsin principals in grades pre-K through 12. Award recipients are chosen for setting high standards for instruction, achievement and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community. Annually 16 principals/school administrators receive awards, currently $6,000 per principal, and each award recipient's school receives a matching $6,000 grant.

As of August, 2022 the foundation has awarded a total of approximately $33,821,000 million to Wisconsin educators, students, and schools.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, and program co-sponsors, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies,  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association, do not discriminate against any student, teacher or principal award applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military status, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy or parenting status, political belief or affiliation, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in the administration of the foundation's educational programs and activities.  


The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation is a component of Herb Kohl Philanthropies, which supports several initiatives, all aimed at improving education, economic opportunity and quality of life for the people of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.  These initiatives include Herb Kohl Charities and Learning Journeys, in addition to the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

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