Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Accept a Nomination

The application and letters of recommendation submission deadline for teachers nominated for the 2023 Herb Kohl Fellowship has passed. 

If you have been nominated for a 2024 award, you will receive a link to the application form.  The application window opens each year in late August. You will need to secure three letters of recommendation before submitting your application.  You will use the application to invite your recommenders to complete a letter of recommendation form on your behalf.  You will be able to see if they have been invited, have accepted and are drafting a letter, have completed their letter, or declined the invitation.  You will not be able to access the letters themselves.

All three letters of recommendation must be submitted before you can submit your application.  An application packet will not be considered if it has fewer than three letters of recommendation.  No extensions of time past the November 8 deadline will be granted to applicants or recommenders.  Please plan accordingly.  

The link below provides helpful information on how to complete your application.  Use it as a step-by-step guide.  


Nominees will be sent an email notification of their nomination and a link to the online application form.  In order to provide all nominees an equal opportunity, they must follow all instructions in the application form. 

Nominees will be evaluated on the following:
1.  personal educational philosophy
2.  how they work to raise achievement for all students
3.  innovative projects/programs
4.  commitment to their community
5.  unrealized goals for their classroom or professional development
6.  positive aspects they see in education and changes they would like to see made

Each nominee must submit three letters of recommendation; one must come from someone outside the immediate school community who is not currently employed by the diocese/jurisdiction or is a board member.  Letters may come from former students, parents, community members, colleagues in a professional association not directly linked to their school or diocese/jurisdiction, or a university or college professor. All letters should enhance the nominee’s application by illustrating specific examples of the teacher's skills and contributions, knowledge, or attributes emphasized in the application materials.

Applications for the 2023 Fellowship has closed.