DeForest Area High School senior, Rachel Williams, has recently been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Herb Kohl Foundation award. The $5,000.00 awards, increased from the previous $3,000 awards, have been made to 100 graduating high school students in Wisconsin.
According to the Herb Kohl Foundational Program website, “The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement.”
Recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, and representatives of education-related associations and the program’s co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA).
The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator (Retired) in 1990 and to date the foundation has awarded $10.2 million to Wisconsin educators, students and schools. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students and teachers, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future”, Kohl said.
The award was presented to Williams at a recognition luncheon held at Sun Prairie High School on Sunday, April 10th. Williams’ guests included; Machell Schwarz (DAHS Principal), Holli Reckin (current Spanish teacher), Sue Jenkins (Williams’ 4th grade teacher at YES) and Jenni Freitag (Williams’ church small group leader). Herb Kohl attended all luncheons throughout the state to present awards to the recipients.