Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:00am

Please find attached the 2017 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship application and guidelines for applying.  


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 college.  Students who are residents of the State of Wisconsin, are in good standing, and who demonstrate probable success in postsecondary education are eligible to apply.  This is a competitive scholarship. 

In 2016, 100 students statewide were recipients of the Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship. Through the generosity of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, the scholarship value was permanently increased from $3,000 to $5,000 per scholarship. 

Student scholarship applications are due back to High School Principals by November 4, 2016. Principals must forward the applications they have received to the District Administrator for a local selection process not later thanNovember 7, 2016. 

Administrators and school counselors, please remind students NOT to send applications directly to DPI or to the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Doing so may prevent them from being considered. 

After engaging in a local selection process and using the guidelines for maximum submissions per district enrollment size to determine which scholarship applications will continue on, each district must forward its approved applications to its CESA not later than November 23, 2016. CESA’s will then complete a CESA level selection process, and forward the remaining applications to the Department of Public Instruction for a final evaluation and selection process, to be held January 31-February 1, 2017.  Applicants will be notified of their status in March. 

See the guidelines (Download in Word or Download in PDF) and application (Word or PDF).

If you have any questions about the scholarship application, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Mueller at the Department of Public Instruction, at (608) 266-3945 or email him at

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