The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has named Emily Cheng a 2019 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship winner. Cheng, a senior at Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.
The purpose of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship program is to recognize student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. Student Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to Wisconsin high school graduates each year.
“Emily is very deserving of this honor,” said Danielle Young, school counselor at Homestead High School. “She is a brilliant, unique student who is truly exceptional in every way. “Emily prioritizes her academics and has chosen to take the most rigorous coursework throughout each year of high school, yet she is also actively involved in a number of meaningful activities.”
Cheng’s involvement in other activities includes volunteering to serve at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. She spends many hours over the summer months at the hospital accomplishing helpful tasks, but more importantly, making connections with patients.
“Emily is an advocate for others,” said Young. “She is such a natural at building real relationships with others, which is an amazing quality that cannot be taught.”
Cheng has been involved in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has served as co-concertmaster for violin. Cheng is a leader in the Homestead Symphony Orchestra, which combines both Chamber and Symphony orchestras. During Emily’s junior year, she helped to lead the orchestra in their performance at Carnegie Hall with a violin solo.
“I'm honored to be recognized with this award,” said Cheng. “It was definitely unexpected given the level of competition among the applicants. The scholarship will cover a significant portion of college fees, for which I am extremely grateful. I'm fortunate to have an incredible support system at home and at school. My parents, teachers, counselor, and principal have all contributed to my success in many ways with their unconditional support. The Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship is an amazing opportunity; I highly encourage applying.”
A statewide committee composed of civic leaders and representatives of education-related associations annually selects the Herb Kohl award recipients. Local award recipients will be recognized during a luncheon at Greenfield High School on April 13. More information at http://www.kohleducation.org/.