Grow Your Own Illinois (GYO) Scholarship Program – Apply before April 1!

Community-focused teacher training program with tuition assistance

The GYO teacher training program is dedicated to supporting and retaining certified and committed teachers to stay in high needs schools in the communities where they live. The program values diversity, respects the wisdom of the community and believes in providing quality education for all students. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a teacher preparation program, GYO provides tuition assistance, extensive tutoring and test preparation services as well as additional support to successful candidates.

GYO requires the following commitments from all admitted candidates:

  • Attend monthly cohort meetings
  • Pass all required tests
  • Adhere to all requirements of the college of education and maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Teach for at least 5 years in a high needs school after graduation

GYO is now accepting applications until April 1st, 2019. If you are interested in applying and would like more information, please feel free to contact Ken Snyder from GYO at, or visit for more details.