Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Application & Selection

Application and Selection Process

 Graduating high school students who are residents of the State of Wisconsin may apply by accessing the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website. 

The application window opens annually in August and closes in November at the submission deadline. The selection of finalists is made by a committee named by the Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association (WHPA) Board of Directors. In January, WHPA advances the finalists to the state level. 

The state selection committee consists of representatives from the Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, education-related associations, and the community. Award recipients are contacted by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in March.

Use of Scholarship Grant

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation sends scholarship grants directly to the students’ postsecondary institutions. A Kohl Excellence Scholarship may be used to directly reimburse the student’s post-secondary institution for tuition, room and board, books, technology, equipment, and fees. Students will be able to choose from among four scholarship disbursement options:  

​1. The scholarship can be disbursed all at once;
​2. The scholarship can be disbursed over two years at $5,000 per year;
​3. The scholarship can be disbursed over four years at $2,500 per year;
4. Other disbursement arrangements, such as deferral, as requested by the student and approved by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

The scholarship must be used in its entirety within four years of the date of the recipient student's high school graduation.