Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program

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Do you believe in the power of great teaching?

Golden Apple is your answer.


The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a teacher preparation and scholarship program for high school seniors, and first- and second-year Illinois college students who have the determination and drive to be excellent teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. We prepare you for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

Scholars Receive:

  • Tuition support, up to $23,000

  • Paid Scholar Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience

  • Academic support

  • Job placement assistance

  • Mentoring from our award-winning teaching faculty


Become a Golden Apple Scholar


Application Process:

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  1. Complete online application and submit two references and five essays. 

  2. Upload unofficial ACT/SAT scores and transcripts. 

  3. Participate in interviews in the Spring.

The Golden Apple Scholars Class of 2019 application is closed. To learn more about the program or be notified when the application reopens, please contact us below.

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Eligibility Requirements


Entry Points

  • High school Class of 2020

  • College Freshmen and Sophomores at Partner Universities in Illinois

  • 2nd-year community college students in Illinois

General Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois

  • Completed online application

  • 2.5 GPA

  • Qualifying standardized test score (ACT or SAT)

Completion Requirements

  • Meet ISAC program requirements

  • 2.5 GPA

  • Participation in Golden Apple Summer Institutes

  • Code of conduct compliance

  • Bachelor's degree from an Illinois Partner University

  • Illinois teaching certification

  • Teach for five years in an Illinois school-of-need within 7 years of graduation