Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Nomination & Selection Process

Nominations are only accepted online at the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website. Once nominated, a principal receives an email notification of the nomination, and also receives a link to begin the application process. Nominations for the current award cycle close in October. The award cycle application period opens in August each year. All nominations received after the previous award cycle closed are held until the next application cycle opens and the nominee is notified thereof.


Principals who plan to continue in their role for at least the upcoming school year are eligible to be nominated and apply. Because the program's purpose is to recognize the contributions of Wisconsin school building administrators, assistant principals (including administrative or supervisory roles such as Dean of Students), district administrators and superintendents are not eligible.

Additionally, previous Herb Kohl Principal Leadership Award recipients are ineligible, however, an applicant who has previously received a Kohl Student Scholarship when in high school or a Teacher Fellowship is still eligible. Principals who have been nominated in the past but not selected as a Leadership Award recipient may re-apply if nominated. Nominations must be submitted on the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website.

A principal does not need to be an Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) member to be eligible for a Principal Leadership Award.

Successful applicant’s materials are reviewed by a committee composed of principals, educators, and community leaders. The committee chooses principal award recipients in February, and applicants are notified of their selection in March.