Golden Apple Scholarship


The purpose of the Golden Apple Scholars Program is to recruit talented students who want to become teachers and want to make a difference by teaching in schools of need in Illinois. The program proved financial assistance and mentoring.

College freshmen and sophomores are eligible to apply for the scholarship:

Interested candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • 22 ACT and a minimum English/Writing score of 19
  • Resident of Illinois
  • Legally present in the US – currently unable to accept DACA students

The scholars program provides the following financial support:

  • Residential Summer Institutes with $2000 stipends per summer
  • Tuition assistance
    • $2500 for sophomore year
    • $5000 for junior year
    • $5000 for senior year

Golden Apple Scholars agree to teach in an Illinois school of need for 5 years. Additionally Golden Apple provides job placement assistance including job coaches and access to the Golden Apple Scholars job board, mentoring during early years of teaching and access to a network of excellent like minded teachers.

Applications are due 5 weeks after students are “nominated” (self nominations are accepted). The last date nominations will be received is December 1 with the application then due at the end of December.

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