Hamilton High School seniors Aayush Iyengar and Prathmesh Konda Gopinath, Marcy Elementary School teacher Bridget Jimmerson and Silver Spring Intermediate School teacher Lisa Merritt all were chosen recipients of the 2022 Herb Kohl Foundation Awards. They are among 174 graduating students, 100 teachers and 17 principals statewide who will be honored.
Iyengar and Konda Gopinath each will be presented with a $10,000 Student Excellence Scholarship for demonstrated academic excellence, high motivation to achieve, activity and leadership outside of academics and strong promise for success in college and beyond. Jimmerson and Merritt are receiving the Teacher Fellowship based on their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in students and motivate others, and leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Each teacher will receive an award of $6,000 for them and their schools.
The recipients were selected by a statewide committee of civic leaders and representatives of the program’s co-sponsors: Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and Wisconsin Parents Association.
Philanthropist and businessman Herb Kohl established the Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $28.3 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students and schools.
“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation,” Kohl said. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future.”