NOMINATE A STUDENT TO BE A GOLDEN APPLE SCHOLAR
OCTOBER 1, 2015 (Chicago, IL) – The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program, which prepares highly effective future teachers to succeed in Illinois schools of need, is expanding to award 250 college scholarships in 2016.
Nominations for the Scholars Program are open through January 2016. 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 may nominate themselves. Teachers and counselors also may nominate an outstanding young person who would like to become a teacher. Please visit goldenapple.org/apply to submit nominations.
Golden Apple Scholars receive comprehensive support while they pursue an undergraduate education at one of 52 Illinois universities. Scholars receive:
1. Tuition support
2. Four paid Summer Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience
3. Academic support
4. Job placement assistance
5. Ongoing mentoring from award-winning teachers throughout college and the early years of teaching
To meet the increasing demand for great teachers at more than 3,500 Illinois schools of need, Golden Apple expects to grow the annual cohort of Golden Apple Scholars to 400 by 2018.
“Pat and Mike Koldyke had a strong vision when they founded the Golden Apple Foundation 30 years ago to celebrate and support Illinois’ exceptional educators,” said Dominic Belmonte, President and CEO of Golden Apple. “We are thrilled that the Koldyke's work is growing through the dramatic expansion of the Scholars Program, and look forward to preparing more outstanding teachers for high-need schools.”
In recognition of the Koldyke’s commitment and work as education advocates and to celebrate Golden Apple’s 30th anniversary, a Tribute Dinner will be held in the Koldyke’s honor on Thursday, September 24 at the Four Seasons in Chicago. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, will be the keynote speaker.
When Scholars complete the program, they have acquired more than three times the classroom experiences garnered by traditionally-prepared teachers. Golden Apple continues to support Scholars after they begin their teaching careers through mentoring and professional development opportunities. In return for the financial and professional development support that Golden Apple provides, Scholars agree to teach in a high-need school in Illinois for five years following graduation.
The support provided by the Golden Apple Foundation results in an 80% retention rate for at least five years while teaching in schools-of-need throughout Illinois compared with only a 55% retention rate statewide without this support. No other teacher preparation program has achieved the success of the Golden Apple Scholars Program in adding to the diversity of the Illinois teaching force and in retaining teachers in the profession – providing credible, stable role models for at-risk youth in challenging schools.
2015 Golden Apple Scholars: At a Glance
57% - First-generation college students
50% - Underrepresented population
36% - Low income
25 – Average ACT score
About Golden Apple
2015 marks Golden Apple’s 30th year of innovating teacher preparation to transform both the careers of teachers, as well as the lives of students in Illinois. Our focus is on advancing educational excellence for Illinois’ most under-served students. We begin by recognizing high school and collegiate talent with a passion for teaching and a drive to create positive change for students and their communities. We enhance their college education with exemplary advanced teacher preparation, game-changing resources and lifelong support, through our Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program.
Golden Apple is composed of recognized superior educators, including Golden Apple Award recipients and finalists, leading a passionate team of devoted staff with technical and program expertise, as well as a connected and committed board of directors charged with overseeing our strategic vision. Visit http://www.goldenapple.org for more information.