Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

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.

Golden Apple Scholars Receive:

  • Tuition support, up to $23,000 in total financial assistance for college
  • Paid residential 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

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Illinois High School Senior, Illinois Partner University Freshman or Sophomore, Illinois Community College Student.
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACA recipients) and resident of Illinois.
  • Be a resident of Illinois (if you are dependent, both you and your parent/guardian must be residents of Illinois)
  • ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS:*
    Every application submitted to Golden Apple Scholars receives a holistic review. This means every piece of your application is reviewed and considered in order to make a decision. One single item does not determine your application decision.

STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES:
Standardized test scores are optional and not required for acceptance to the Golden Apple Scholars Program. The review committee will closely review the strength of course selection, G.P.A., grade trending, personal statements and overall involvement for students wishing not to submit test scores.

Students accepted into the Scholars program must submit test scores after induction to assist in research purposes.
Home school students are required to submit test scores for application review.

Deadline:
Deadline: April 1, 2022

Award
Varies
Deadline
04/01/2022
Supplemental Questions
  1. REFERENCES

    We require the names and email addresses of two online references with your application
    • Reference 1
    • Reference 2
  2. TRANSCRIPTS

    We require a copy of official or unofficial transcripts.
    • Are you submitting high school or college transcripts?
    • Submit an electronic copy of your official/unofficial transcripts.
    • What is your cumulative GPA?
  3. SECTION H: Test Score Optional

    Standardized test scores are optional and not required for acceptance to the Golden Apple Scholars Program. The review committee will closely review the strength of course selection, G.P.A., grade trending, personal statements and overall involvement for students wishing not to submit test scores. Home school students are required to submit test scores for application review.
    • Are you submitting your ACT or SAT scores for consideration?
  4. SECTION I: STANDARDIZED TESTS

    Complete if you want your test scores considered.
    • a. Which exam have you taken, the ACT or SAT?
    • b. ACT Composite Score
    • c. SAT Total Score
    • d. Are you planning on superscoring your ACT or SAT?
    • Submit an electronic copy of your full ACT or SAT report
  5. If you have not yet taken the ACT or SAT or plan on retaking and would like your test scores considered, please indicate when you are registering for the exam.
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