Kohl Scholarship – Wisconsin Homeschoolers
The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation provides graduating high school seniors with scholarships each year through the Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program. The Foundation awards $3,000 Excellence Scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates annually. Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship Program has awarded $2,800,000 to 2,600 students.
The program searches for students that excel in leadership, academics, and giving back to the community. The goal is to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or non-public university, college or vocational/technical college.
The application process is divided between public school students, religious and independent school students, and homeschooled students.
In 2015, one of the homeschooled student winners was from the Southwest Wisconsin area.
This is a competitive scholarship. 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.
Homeschooled Wisconsin students receive a proportionate number of the total scholarships awarded each year. Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA) has been designated by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to coordinate and administer applications for two Kohl Excellence Scholarships of $3,000 each for homeschoolers.
A WPA selection committee will review the applications and submit finalists to the Foundation, just as Wisconsin’s 12 CESAs will submit finalists from public schools and the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) will submit finalists from private schools that are not homeschools. Winners will be chosen by a state selection committee from CESAs, WCRIS, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Kohl Educational Foundation, and statewide education-related associations.
The application form for homeschoolers is almost the same as that for other students with only minor changes because of the way homeschools are constituted. It requires several short essays, one 300-500 word essay, three letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. The application must be typed. Completed applications must be mailed by November 25, 2015.
Selection of homeschool finalists will be made by a committee named by the WPA Board of Directors. On or before December 21, 2015, WPA will advance the finalists to the state level. The state selection committee will convene on February 2-3, 2016 to score applications. Recipients will be notified of their selection in early March, 2016. The state selection committee will consist of representatives of the cooperative educational service agencies, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, education-related associations, and the community. Kohl Scholarship rules, application form, selection criteria, etc. are all determined by the Kohl Foundation.
Application forms for homeschoolers can be found on the WPA website here.
Please tell other homeschoolers about this opportunity. It is not necessary to be a WPA member to apply for the scholarships.