Public School Students
The purpose of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship program is to recognize graduating Wisconsin high school students who demonstrate a balance of outstanding leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. It is the goal of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or private university, college, or vocational/technical institution. The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to 86 Wisconsin public high school graduates each year.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Applicants must be graduating high school students who intend to enroll in a postsecondary institution, which may be a public or nonpublic university, college, or vocational/technical institution. Students who are residents of the State of Wisconsin, who are in good standing, and who demonstrate probable success in postsecondary education are eligible to apply. This is a competitive scholarship.
Eligibility is not limited by GPA, class rank, or any other school or program conferred status (ex. National Honor Society, class officer, or other designation). Any student who meets the stated eligibility criteria may apply.
Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals. There is no minimum GPA required, nor a requirement for a student to have achieved a specific class rank or percentage (ex. Top 10%) in his or her class.
Each student must submit three letters of recommendation, one from each of the following categories:
2. Counselor or principal;
3. Community member or family friend.
Letters of recommendation will be evaluated on how well they describe the student's improvements, contributions, and successes. Letters may be from a current or previous year's teacher, counselor or principal.