Nominations open for Herb Kohl Foundation Leadership and Fellowship awards

Nominations of Wisconsin PK through 12 teachers and principals can now be submitted online at for the 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship and Principal Leadership awards. The deadline for submission is October 8, 2018. 

Awards are $6,000, with an additional $6,000 grant going to the school of each selected teacher and principal. Established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation awards 100 Fellowship and 16 Leadership awards annually from among all applicants throughout the state. 

Teachers or principals must be nominated by a parent, student, other teacher, community member, or school administrator. To be eligible, Wisconsin teachers and principals in grades PK through 12 must plan to continue in their current capacity for at least one year.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship rewards teachers who have demonstrated superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, have motivated others, and have provided meritorious service both in and outside the classroom. The Leadership awards recognize and support principals who demonstrate administrative leadership and positively influence school culture. 

Online nominations must be submitted at by the October 8, 2018, deadline. Selection of recipients will be made by a state-level panel composed of representatives from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, cooperative educational service agencies, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, several education-related associations, and community representatives. Since the program was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Foundation has awarded 2,964 grants to teachers and principals, and 2,964 grants to their schools throughout the state for a total of $9.2 million. 

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship and Leadership programs are co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, and the state’s 12 cooperative educational service agencies.