A surprise announcement that all Herb Kohl awards will double greeted Wisconsin students, teachers, and principals invited to the April 8 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation luncheon in Greendale to honor their selection as 2017 Herb Kohl award recipients.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers announced the award increase during the event, the first of five to be held around the state. Student scholars will receive $10,000 awards rather than $5,000 they were initially told they would receive in March. Teachers and principals will receive $6,000 with a $6,000 matching award given to their school rather than the $3,000 award and $3,000 matching grant for Teacher Fellowship and Leadership Awards.
“There are so many educators in our public schools who are deserving of being recognized for their dedication to students that goes above and beyond. The Honorable Herb Kohl knows this and has for years supported educators through this recognition of some of the best in our profession,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, an eighth grade teacher. “His is a great example of lifting up the professionals who provide opportunity to every student who walks through the schoolhouse doors.”
Herb Kohl, through his Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, established a student scholarship and teacher recognition program in 1990. Annually the Foundation awards 200 scholarships to graduating high school seniors, 100 teacher fellowships, and 16 principal leadership awards, with matching grants to teachers’ and principals’ schools. To date the Foundation has awarded $11.7 million to Wisconsin educators, students, and schools.
Thirty-seven WEAC members were among those receiving Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellowships this year (we have added two to the original list of 35 WEAC members receiving the award). The list of winners can be found HERE.