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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 20, 2020) –The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2020 student Excellence and Initiative scholarships, teacher Fellowships, and principal Leadership Awards. This year’s awardees feature five recipients from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay: one principal, one teacher, and three students.
Each principal and teacher will receive a $6,000 grant, along with a matching $6,000 grant for their school, and each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship.
“The Office of Catholic Schools is pleased to share the 2020 Kohl awardees from the Diocese of Green Bay,” said Todd Blahnik, superintendent of Catholic schools. “These awards continue to show the exceptional Catholic education provided by our schools, and we are proud of the achievements of the students, teacher, and principal who are being recognized. We are thankful to have them represent the quality leadership, teaching and education found in all of our schools.”
Principal Leadership Award - Recipients are school principals who are being recognized for setting high standards for instruction, achievement, and character and for creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community.

  • Mike Cattani, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette/Peshtigo

Teacher Fellowship Program - Recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

  • Sara Lawman Potter, Chilton Area Catholic Schools in Chilton

Student Excellence Scholarship - Recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

  • Scott Russell, Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay
  • Nicholas Welnetz, Roncalli High School in Manitowoc

Student Initiative Scholarship - Recipients, chosen by their schools, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships.

  • Lindsey Albaugh, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette

This year, 196 student scholarships, 100 teacher fellowships, and 16 principal leadership awards were announced. Please visit www.kohleducation.org for additional information about the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.


Who we are: As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. Established in 1868, the diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.
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