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 tuition assistance 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 assistance, up to $23,000

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

  • Academic and social-emotional 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 including references and personal statements.

  2. Upload unofficial ACT/SAT scores and transcripts. 

  3. Participate in interviews in the Spring.


Eligibility Requirements


Entry Points

  • High school Class of 2020

  • College Freshmen and Sophomores at Partner Universities in Illinois

  • Community college students in Illinois

General Requirements

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

  • 2.5 GPA

  • Qualifying standardized test score (ACT or SAT)

Completion Requirements

  • Meet ISAC program requirements

  • 2.5 GPA

  • Participation in Golden Apple Scholar 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