Applications for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois are invited every year. The scholarship is purposed to encourages academically talented Illinois students, especially minority students, to pursue teaching careers, especially at high-need, hard-to-staff schools by providing tuition assistance.
You may qualify for up to $2,500 as a freshman or sophomore, and up to $5,000 as a junior or senior.
Level and Area of Studies
College level in all subjects.
Place of Study
In the United States of America.
Eligibility and Criteria
- be named as a Golden Apple Scholar by the Golden Apple Foundation
- be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- be a resident of Illinois (if you are dependent, both you and your parent/guardian must be residents of Illinois)
- be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
- be enrolled at a four-year institution designated as a participating college by the Golden Apple Foundation
- be enrolled in a postsecondary course of study leading to initial teacher licensure or taking additional courses needed to gain Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approval to teach, including alternative teacher licensure
- enter into a program agreement and promissory note with the Golden Apple Foundation and ISAC
- participate in all required programs and adhere to residential guidelines and standards of conduct as a designated Golden Apple Scholar
- not receive funds from the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program or the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program during the same term(s) for which you receive funds from the Golden Apple program.
- earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (if a sophomore, junior or senior)
The U.S. citizens are welcome to apply.
Applications to receive tuition assistance as a Golden Apple Scholar will be provided to qualified applicants by the Golden Apple Foundation. The Foundation will identify to ISAC those applicants eligible to receive tuition assistance, and will certify that all eligibility requirements have been met and that the applicant has signed a Program Agreement and Promissory Note, promising to repay the entire amount, plus interest, if the teaching commitment is not fulfilled.