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. Below are just a few examples of our many HVK Scholarship recipients over the past 45+ years who have gone on to do great things.
Mary Goebel Naguchi - 1969, Sheboygan North High School
Completed a double major in English and Japanese at UW-Madison. Received a Ford Foundation grant for her M.A. in Japanese Literature, and a Stanford scholarship for additional studies at Inter-University in Tokyo. Taught at Ritsumei College in Kyoto, and is currently a professor of English Literature at Kansai University Graduate School in Osaka, Japan. Co-author of Studies in Japanese Bilingualism. Editor of the Japan Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism. Recipient of the 2005 Virginia French Allen Award from the TESOL International Association.
John Schueller - 1973, Random Lake High School
B.S. (Marquette), M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue. Previously on the faculty at Texas A&M and currently Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida, teaching the next generation of engineers. Research emphasis on improving the design, control, and manufacturing of agricultural machinery. Part of a research team that recently published the results of their work to develop a sensor that can accurately predict the disease known as citrus greening, which affects fruit trees.
Sonja Schoenwald - 1977, Sheboygan North High School
Dr. Schoenwald received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Duke University. She joined the Family Services Research Center (FSRC) in the Department of Psychiatry at MUSC in 1993, and was Associate Director of the FSRC from 1994 – 2004. Dr. Schoenwald took the leadership role in developing the clinical training and consultation protocols used to transport Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to usual care settings and in the development of research to investigate the transportability and dissemination of MST and other empirically supported mental health practices for children and families. She is Principal Investigator of NIMH and NIDA funded research on MST transportability and implementation, Co-Director of the Methods Core of an NIMH-funded Developing Center on Intervention and Services Research at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Investigator in the NIMH-funded Advanced Center ro Improve Pediatric Health Care at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center in San Diego, and Investigator on foundation (Annie E. Casey and John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation) funded research on the transport, implementation, and dissemination of effective treatments for youth and families. (Credit: MUSC.edu)
William Forkner - 1985, Kohler High School
Graduated from Princeton in 1989 in Aeronautical Engineering. Masters of Aeronautical Engineering Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1994. Air Force Squadron Officer School in 1996; Air Command and Staff College in 2001; Joint and Combined Staff Officers Course 2002. Previously served as Commander, USAFE Air Ground Operations School, and Director, European Integrated Air & Missile Defense Center. Currently is a Major stationed at Ramstein Air Base, German, working as the Chief of USAFE-AFAFRICA Operations and Training Branch.
Kristina Finstad - 1996, Oostburg High School
Now a co-owner of Worldwide Diving Adventures, Kristy Finstad is a NAUI instructor with over 2,000 dives and a degree in Aquatic Biology with honors from University of California-Santa Barbara. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Kristy spent five months in the Tahitian Islands studying damselfish and corals, and learning to speak Tahitian while diving for black pearls on a remote atoll. She studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica, where she lived on a farm and spoke Spanish. Kristy worked for the Australian Institute of Marine Science on the Great Barrier Reef while studying Marine Conservation at James Cook University. She makes a living by doing coastal restoration with the California Coastal Commission and by doing hydrology for the City of Santa Cruz. Teaching SCUBA and traveling keeps Kristy alive with her mission to inspire appreciation for our underwater world. (Credit: worldwidedivingadventures.com)
Jordan Siemers - 2014, Howards Grove High School
Attends Cornell University where he is a Cornell Tradition Fellow, and the National Holstein Association Junior Advisory Committee Chairperson. He won 1st place at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Competition at the World Dairy Expo in November 2014, and received All-American honors.