APPLETON, Wis. - Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman Herb Kohl awarded Wisconsin Connections Academy student Andrew Turner, a New Richmond native, a $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2017 Initiative Scholarship during a recent luncheon. Scholarship recipients were informed in March that they would receive a $5,000 scholarship, but in a surprise announcement, Kohl revealed that he decided to double the scholarship amount from $5,000 to $10,000 per scholar.

WCA teachers were tasked with selecting a student that proved the morals of the scholarship. Criteria include demonstrating a high level of motivation, showing strong promise for achieving success in college and beyond, and overcoming significant personal obstacles and adversity. The selection committee unanimously chose Turner for the award.

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"Andrew is a bright student who has shown academic and personal distinction from the moment he started school at WCA. We've seen him grow and mature into a successful young adult, and we can't wait to see what he accomplishes next as he plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls," Michelle Mueller, principal of WCA, said.

Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $11.7 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, principals and schools.