Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Accept a Nomination


The application window opens each year in September.

All nominees receive a link to the online application from contact@herbkohlphilanthropies.org.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following:
1. Personal educational philosophy;
2. How they work to raise achievement for all students;
3. Innovative projects/programs;
4. Commitment to their community;
5. Unrealized goals for their classroom or professional development; and
6. Positive aspects they see in education and changes they would like to see made.


You must secure three letters of recommendation before submitting your application. Use the online application to invite your recommenders to complete a letter of recommendation form on your behalf. You will be able to monitor this activity including who has been invited, who has accepted and is drafting a letter, when letters are completed, or if invitations are declined from within this tab. You will not, however, be able to access the letters themselves.

Each nominee should invite letters of recommendation from three distinct individuals: one or more must come from someone outside the immediate school community who is not currently employed by the school district or a board member. Letters may come from current or former students, parents, community members, colleagues in a professional association not directly linked to the nominee’s school or district or diocese/jurisdiction, or university or college professors. Letters should enhance the nominee’s application by illustrating specific examples of the teacher's skills and contributions, knowledge, or attributes emphasized in the application materials.

The online application system will not allow you to complete your application without three letters of recommendation. No extensions of time past the deadline are granted to applicants or recommenders. Please plan accordingly.


Only the information included in the application packet will be scored; web links, Google documents, or other referenced online resources will not be reviewed.

The link below provides helpful information on how to complete your application. Use it as a step-by-step guide.