• Amy Zhang

    Amy Zhang

  • Paul Theodoroff

    Paul Theodoroff

  • Johanna Schilling - Riso Quartet (Photo Credit: Elisabeth Daniels)

    Johanna Schilling - Riso Quartet (Photo Credit: Elisabeth Daniels)

  • Kathryn Henry (Photo Credit: Marty Sohl Photography)

    Kathryn Henry (Photo Credit: Marty Sohl Photography)

  • Jacob Olmedo (Photo Credit: Rachel Lallensack, Sheboygan Press Media)

    Jacob Olmedo (Photo Credit: Rachel Lallensack, Sheboygan Press Media)

RDK Recipients


Many previous recipients of the prestigious Ruth DeYoung Kohler (RDK) Scholarship for Artistic Excellence have gone on to great achievements in their craft. An award that seeks to support aspiring professional artists, the RDK Scholarship has been given to students pursuing artistic endeavors as diverse as: ballet, fashion design, creative writing (YA fiction), acting/theater, cinematography, painting, works on paper, instrumental and vocal performance, and even lutherie (the craft of stringed instrument construction and repair). Below are a few examples that are intended to inspire current students who may be considering applying for the RDK Scholarship, and to highlight just a few of the many accomplishments of our RDK recipients. 

2018 - Benjamin Hiles, Sheboygan Falls High School

Ben is attending Lawrence University to focus on Music Education.

2017 - Kade Byrand, IDEAS Academy

Kade is attending the Rhode Island School of Design with a focus in Film.  He has also developed a passion for sculpture and is excited to add a 3D element to his portfolio.  Kade loves attending RISD and calls it "a beating heart that never stops pumping out inspiration and motivation"

2017 - Olivia Honeck, Plymouth High School

  Olivia has decided to attend UW Milwaukee - Peck School for the Arts with a major in dance.  She spent the fall teaching contemporary, jazz, ballet, and pointe classes.

2017 - Mimi Viglietti, Sheboygan North High School

Mimi is currently studying drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

2016 - Maria Alfaro, Random Lake High School

Maria is planning to major in New Studio Practice (Fine Art) with a minor in Illustration at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  She has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and has had a piece of her artwork selected for the Freshman Exhibition.

2015 - Elizabeth Gartman, Sheboygan North High School

Liz attends the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  She will be majoring in Vocal Performance and Music Theory/Composition.  Amongst her many performances, she recently returned to the Kohler Foundation to perform at the Kohler Foundation's very own Arts at the Waelderhaus

2015 - Katelyn Gruell, Cedar Grove-Belgium High School

Katie is attending UW-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts, she will receive her Bachelor of Arts in Voice with a theatre minor in May 2019.  She also performed for the Arts at the Waelderhaus in 2017.

2014 - Paul Theodoroff, Sheboygan North High School
Paul graduated summa cum laude in 2016 from the Los Angeles Film School (accelerated program).  He is working on a short film and creating a small production company.

2014 - Amy Zhang, Sheboygan Falls High School
Her first book of Young Adult Fiction, Falling Into Place, was published by HarperCollins in September 2014 (four months after she graduated high school). Her second book, This is Where the World Ends, has already been published. 

2013 - Jacob Olmedo, IDEAS Academy
Fashion designer graduated from Parsons The New School of Design in New York; artist-in-residence at Jake's Cafe.  He has given back to his community and school by taking part in the MAKER BREAK program from his alma mater, now Etude High School.