Lopez wins Kohl Scholarship

OHS senior Brayan Lopez was presented with a $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2017 Initiative Scholarship April 29 at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl at Middleton High School. Lopez (blue shirt, at left) was joined by brothers and sisters, his mother, Anajely, OHS counselor Alyssa Pon Franklin, OHS teacher Cindy Ellestad and OHS principal Jim Pliner.

OHS senior Brayan Lopez was presented with a $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2017 Initiative Scholarship on Saturday, April 29, at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl at Middleton High School. Scholarship recipients were informed that their awards would be $5,000 when chosen in March, but in a surprise announcement at the recognition luncheon, former Sen. Kohl revealed that he had decided to double the scholarship amount to $10,000 per scholar.

The Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a high level of motivation, have shown strong promise for achieving success in college and beyond, and have overcome significant personal obstacles or adversity. The Herb Kohl Foundation has been recognizing educational excellence since 1990 and has awarded $11.7 million to Wisconsin students, teachers and school leaders since that time.

Lopez plans to begin his studies at Madison College.

– Scott De Laruelle