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 Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The deadline for submitting a completed private school and homeschool applications is Tuesday, November 26, 2019. 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 possibly more, but you must first apply to the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation for deferral. Herb Kohl Foundation considers each deferment request independently according to the circumstances of that request. You may only defer your scholarship once, and you must use your scholarship within four years from the date the scholarship was first awarded.
Students seeking deferment must provide a personal statement, which should be no longer than one page in length, explaining the circumstances of the request. Please include the date on which the student anticipates being able to resume his/her scholarship.
Common examples of situations giving rise to a request for deferment include but are not limited to:
- Medical or physical illness, injury or disability
- Extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control
- Involuntary U.S. military service
- Internships related to major or future career goals and circumstances unique to college students, or study abroad
- Religious mission