Selecting Teachers for a Better Future
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a scholarship program that identifies talented high school seniors, as well as first and second-year college students who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schools. We prepare them for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.
We are more than a scholarship program that only awards funding. We provide four years of residential summer institutes, which give you on-site classroom experience, as well as mentoring from a Golden Apple teacher.
Studies show that there is a shortage of qualified, enthusiastic teachers entering the profession, and a particular shortage of minority and bilingual teachers. Students need teachers who have similar backgrounds and experiences to serve as role models and give them the hope of a promising future.
Golden Apple Scholars have diverse backgrounds. They gain essential exposure to the challenges and triumphs of high-needs classroom settings that is unrivaled by any other teacher preparation program. Through the program, Scholars build invaluable networks of support that guide them throughout their teaching years.
Learn more about our 2014 Class of Golden Apple Scholars ›