Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc


What is the amount of the scholarship?

The Excellence Scholarship is a $10,000 award that is paid directly to the recipient's chosen college. One hundred scholarships are awarded annually. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Any graduating high school student who intends to enroll in a postsecondary institution, university, college, or vocational/technical college. Students who are Wisconsin residents, in good standing, and demonstrate probable success in postsecondary education are eligible for consideration. They will be evaluated on leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement and on their future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals. This is a competitive scholarship. Candidates are not evaluated on financial need. 

How can I apply?

In September, you will be able to submit your application online from this website. 

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for submitting a completed a public school application is Sunday, November 4, 2018.  The deadline for submitting a completed private school and homeschool applications is Tuesday, November 27, 2018..  Applications, and letters of recommendation, must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. central time on the deadline date.  

What is the selection process?

Your application will be reviewed by a regional committee.  The regional committees will select 200 finalists from among all applications submitted statewide. The finalist applications will be reviewed and scored by a statewide selection committee in late January and the highest scoring 100 applicants will receive an Excellence Scholarship.  

How will I know if I have been chosen to receive a scholarship?

You will be contacted by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in early March.

Must the scholarship be used only at Wisconsin colleges?

The scholarship may be used at any postsecondary institution and is not limited to Wisconsin.

Must I enroll as a full time college student in order to use the scholarship?

You may be a part time or full time student.

Does the scholarship expire if it is not used right after I graduate from high school?

You may defer your scholarship for a year or more, but you must notify the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation of your decision to defer by August 1 of the year in which you receive your scholarship.