• Spencer Kaufmann, 2022 HVK Scholar

    Spencer Kaufmann, 2022 HVK Scholar

  • Alexander Holland, 2021 HVK Scholar

    Alexander Holland, 2021 HVK Scholar

  • Ashley English, 2020 HVK Scholar

    Ashley English, 2020 HVK Scholar

  • Michael Troka, Cecelia Zielke, Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Noah Bartelt

    Michael Troka, Cecelia Zielke, Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Noah Bartelt

  • Mary Goebel Noguchi

    Mary Goebel Noguchi

  • John Schueller

    John Schueller

  • Sonja Schoenwald

    Sonja Schoenwald

  • Kristina Finstad (Photo Credit: Ralph Clevenger)

    Kristina Finstad (Photo Credit: Ralph Clevenger)

  • Jordan Siemers

    Jordan Siemers

HVK Recipients

Since 1969, the Kohler Foundation has awarded the Herbert V. Kohler Scholarship to truly exceptional Sheboygan County students. A review of past recipients reveals no overarching pattern; each recipient was selected because s/he was special. The Herbert V. Kohler Scholarship is primarily a leadership award. Recipients must be able scholars of course, but beyond that, they must be motivated to become leaders in their chosen fields. They must be people who want to do more, to contribute more. They must be people who have enough imagination to aspire and dream and yet enough common sense to plan realistically. Kohler Foundation believes that an individual can still make a difference in the world, and identifies those who really want to try --- by discovering new methods, by writing, by involvement in social action, by being among the best in whatever they choose to do.

Kohler Foundation looks for young people who are mature and ambitious, in a constructive way. We seek leaders who intend to use their talents not just to make a good living, but to make a better life for others.

2022 - Spencer Kaufmann, Etude High School

Spencer Kaufmann is a talented leader, facilitator, and engineer.  Through his FIRST Robotics and engineering experiences where he provided high quality robotics educational workshops at Mead Public Library, the Boys and Girls Club, and Etude Schools, he has already meaningfully contributed to the local community.  Spencer is currently attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to study mechanical engineering with a career goal of becoming an engineering project manager. 

2021 - Alexander Holland, Kohler High School

Having a drive to succeed and the ability to lead others is how Alex stands out. His desire is to make a difference for others through a career in artificial intelligence research is commendable.  Alex has been called “a natural problem solver and a young man who takes every opportunity to expand his knowledge and experience in science and computing.”  He is currently attending UW-Madison to study Computer Science and Mathematics. 

2020 - Ashley English, Sheboygan North High School

 Ashley English is a natural leader who leads creatively and justly.  She leads by thinking like an engineer and inventively approaching obstacles; by thinking like an artist, and seeking which designs create rhythm and beauty, and by thinking like a philosopher and an astronomer.  English will study mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Her career goal is to become a mechanical/aerospace engineer.             


2019 - Noah Bartelt, Sheboygan North High School

Noah will study Public Policy with a secondary major in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.  He wants to make a change in our world by standing up for all and will take on this task with a career as a Civil Rights Attorney.

  2019 - Michael Troka, Plymouth High School

Michael is a bold and determined young man who wants to dig deeper and think bigger to benefit humanity in the field of regenerative dental medicine. Michael will study Biology and pre-Dental at the University of Pennsylvania. 

2019 - Cecelia Zielke, Kohler High School

Cecelia believes it is crucial for her generation to be a leader in sustaining biodiversity for the Earth's future.  She will attend Case Western Reserve University this fall, the career goal of becoming a biomedical researcher and public health official.

 2018 - Devon Kaat, Random Lake High School

Devon is attending the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York with career ambitions in federal law enforcement and education.

2017 - Charlotte Andreason, Sheboygan North High School

Charlotte is attending Carnegie-Mellon University with dual major in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering and a possible focus in Engineering and Public Policy. Outside of academics, she joined the CMU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, the Money Mellons and received “Rookie of the Year”.  She is a viola player in the All University Orchestra, a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a pusher for the CIA buggy team.

2016 - Amelia Grose, Kohler High School

Amelia attends the University of Notre Dame where she is studying Environmental Sciences. This past semester, she continued to participate in research. She worked in Notre Dame's Museum of Biodiversity identifying insects of the family Pentatomidae (stink bugs), as well as working as a lab technician in Dr. Jennifer Tank's environmental biogeochemistry lab, which studies nutrient concentrations in agricultural watersheds. This coming semester she hopes to design a poster on the lab's nitrogen sensor prototypes that she worked with over the summer to present at Notre Dame's undergraduate research fair this spring. She recently was accepted to a summer research program at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC), where she will spend 10 weeks in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan designing a research project studying aquatic insects and gathering and presenting data.

2016 - Kayla Lentz, Plymouth High School

Kayla is attending Harvard University with a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She also participates in the Radcliffe Choral Society which recently toured in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a part of the Franklin Fellowship, where students host weekly dinners and invite faculty to speak.  She has been busy speaking with different labs both on campus and at Massachusetts General Hospital for summer research positions.

2016 - Hollis Rammer, Sheboygan South High School

Hollis is attending Wellesley College with a major in international relations with a focus in political science and a minor in Russian. This past year, she interned at the International Institure of New England, which resettles and assists refugees and immigrants.  Next semester, she will be assisting with the creation of a personal finance course that will be integrated into the University’s existing programs.

2015 - Morgan Ross, Sheboygan North High School

Morgan declared a Cognitive Science major at Carleton College and will be studying in Budapest next term. He recently presented research on how partisanship affects logical reasoning at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference as he is extremely interested in political psychology. He also has four radio shows on campus.

2014 - Jordan Siemers, Howards Grove High School

Jordan just graduated from Cornell University where he is a Cornell Tradition Fellow. He had been named a National Distinguished Junior Member award recipient at the National Junior Holstein Convention. Established in 1922, this award is the longest running Holstein youth program and is the highest honor that can be given to a Junior Holstein member. He traveled to China in January 2016 with the Cornell University Dairy Science Club to work with students from the Chinese Agricultural University and teach them how to analyze dairies. He also competed in a dairy challenge competition with Chinese colleagues where Jordan’s team placed third out of twenty teams.  He has accepted a position as a dairy sire analyst for Select Sires.