Applications for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program are open

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This scholarship is designed to identify talented high school seniors, as well as first and second-year college students, aspiring to become teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. On top of college tuition-assistance, scholars are provided four years of paid residential summer institutes, giving students on-site classroom experience, preparation to supplement their college curriculum, academic support through their college years, and mentoring from Golden Apple award-winning teachers during their first years of teaching.

Scholars may apply directly to the program or be referred.


Apply to be a Scholar:

High school students graduating in 2019 or first- and second-year college students can apply to become a Scholar by clicking here. Applications close on March 1, 2019.


Refer a Scholar:

Refer a student to become a Golden Apple Scholar. Students will receive an email with login information and a link to the online application. Referrals close January 2019.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Residents of Illinois
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Qualifying composite score on the ACT or SAT

U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (DACAmented students) may apply or be nominated. To view full eligibility requirements, please click here.


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