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Colfax High School senior Elizabeth Affolter receives $10,000 Herb Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship

HERB KOHL STUDENT INITIATIVE SCHOLARSHIP — Elizabeth Affolter, a senior at Colfax High School, has been awarded a $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Initiative Scholarship. Elizabeth was among the honorees at a lunchen held at Chippewa Falls Middle School March 31. —photo submitted

HERB KOHL STUDENT INITIATIVE SCHOLARSHIP — Elizabeth Affolter, a senior at Colfax High School, has been awarded a $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Initiative Scholarship. Elizabeth was among the honorees at a lunchen held at Chippewa Falls Middle School March 31. —photo submitted

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  Elizabeth Affolter, a senior at Colfax High School, has received a $10,000 Herb Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Teri Smith and Mike Smith.

According to the Kohl Foundation website, “The Herb Kohl Foundation annually awards its $10,000 Initiative Scholarship to 100 graduating students in public, religious and independent schools throughout Wisconsin … Each year, the Kohl Foundation selects 100 different high schools for the Initiative Scholarship. The selection of schools is based on a seven year rotation cycle, which allows every high school in Wisconsin to receive an Initiative Scholarship every seven years.  Each designated school chooses its own recipient through an internal selection process … the intent of the Initiative Scholarship is to recognize students who are putting forth extraordinary effort to do their best in the classroom and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity.”

Elizabeth says John Dachel, Colfax High School principal, handed her a list of questions to answer and said it was for a scholarship, “but he didn’t tell me much, just that the scholarship … usually gives out a lot of good scholarships.”

“It is such an honor to be selected for the Herb Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship. I have never imagined that I would be the one that would be chosen for the scholarship,” she said.

Elizabeth plans to attend UW-Stevens Point and will major in Special Education.

When asked about her favorite classes at Colfax High School, she replied, “Any math class, because I love figuring out math problems. Accounting is another one of my favorite classes because it is so neat to see the work that goes in when owning your own business. My favorite class of all is when I got to be a teacher assistant last year in the Special Education room, because I love working with children. I love to see the excitement the children have when they learn something new.”

Elizabeth has two brothers, an older brother, Daniel, who is 20, and a younger brother, Chance, who is 13 years old. She also has a six month old niece named Brilee.

In her free, time, she likes to hang out with her family, and she also likes to go swimming and loves to watch her niece and take her places.

Award recipients were notified of their awards on March 4.

Elizabeth Affolter was among the honorees at a luncheon held at Chippewa Falls Middle School March 31 at which recipients from CESAs 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12 were honored.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $17.8 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools.

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