Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Nomination & Selection Process

Nominations will only be accepted using the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation online nomination form on this website.  We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Herb Kohl Fellowship.
To be eligible to compete for a 2021 Herb Kohl Fellowship, teachers must be nominated by students, parents, other teachers, community members, or administrators.  Because the program's purpose is to recognize the contributions of Wisconsin classroom teachers, staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are not eligible. All PreK-12 classroom teachers who plan to continue teaching in their current capacity for a minimum of 50% full time equivalency during the 2021-2022 school year are eligible.  Pre-school teachers must teach in a Pre-K program that is affiliated with an elementary school. Previous fellowship recipients are ineligible, however previous fellowship nominees who did not receive a fellowship may re-apply if nominated.

Once nominated, a teacher will receive an email notification of his or her nomination. The deadline for candidates who have been nominated for the 2020 Fellowship to submit a completed application is Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. 


Each diocese/jurisdiction will assemble a selection committee to review their own teachers' 2020 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 by Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Successful 2020 applicants' materials will be forwarded to a State Selection Committee. Representatives of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, Cooperative Education Service Agencies, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and state education-related associations serve on the State Selection Committee. The committee will choose 2020 fellowship recipients in late January, 2020, and applicants will be notified of their selection in mid March, 2020. Fellowship recipients will be honored and receive certificates representing their awards at a special luncheon held in the spring of 2020.