2022 Herb Kohl Foundation Award Recipients Selected

By Janelle Fisher

BROWN COUNTY — Each year, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, which was established by Herb Kohl in 1990, selects recipients for its Student Excellence Scholarship, Initiative Scholarship, Teaching Fellowship and Senior Leadership Award .

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $28.3 million to Wisconsin students, educators and principals.

The statewide selection committee is made up of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations, and the program’s co-sponsors.

Student Excellence Scholarship

Student Excellence Scholarship recipients are selected by a statewide committee for excellence both in and out of the academic sphere.

They display a strong motivation to achieve and are involved in a wide range of activities and leadership roles outside of the academic setting.

The selection committee said the winners hold great promise for success in college and other future endeavours.

Each selected recipient will receive $10,000.

Local recipients of the 2022 Student Excellence Scholarship include:

• William Dwyer, De Pere High School

• Lakshman Mallele, Ashwaubenon High School

• Meghan Morgan, Pulaski High School

• Giselle Rottier, Pulaski High School

• Janani Sampath, De Pere high school

Initiative grant

Initiative scholars are selected by their schools.

Students selected to receive this scholarship have faced and overcome significant obstacles or adversity while demonstrating exceptional initiative in the classroom.

These students have not yet been selected for other college scholarships, but show promise for success in college and beyond.

Students selected for this award will also each receive $10,000.

The local recipients of the 2022 Initiative scholarship are:

• Maximus Christenson, Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill School

• Paul Johnson, Bay City Christian School

• Ava Remitz, John Dewey Learning Academy

In addition to these student awards, the program also recognized teachers and school principals.

Teaching scholarship

A statewide committee selects educators as recipients of the teaching scholarship.

These educators have demonstrated their ability to inspire a love of learning in their students and to motivate others. They also demonstrate exceptional leadership and service, both inside and outside the classroom.

Tera Wildenberg, a second-grade teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School, has been selected as the 2022 Teacher Scholar.

She will receive $6,000.

Senior Leadership Award

Principal Leadership Award recipients are selected by a statewide committee and are chosen for their high standards of education, achievement, and character.

They have also created an atmosphere to better serve students, families, staff and the community.

Crystal Blahnik, principal of St. Bernard Catholic School, has been selected as the 2022 senior principal and will receive $6,000.

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