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 schools-of-need in Illinois. 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 paid residential summer institutes, which give students on-site classroom experience, as well as mentoring from Golden Apple award-winning teachers.
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 reflect the students we serve.
Scholars 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.
Fulfill your passion for teaching as you become an educator and force for change in the lives of students across Illinois. Become a Golden Apple Scholar.
Scholars Make a Difference
Learn more about the Golden Apple Scholars Program.
Tuition support, up to $23,000
Paid residential Summer Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience
Academic and social emotional support
Job placement assistance
Ongoing mentoring from award-winning teachers throughout college and during the early years of teaching.