Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Created in 1988 by the award-winning teachers of the Golden Apple Foundation, the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares a rich ethnic diversity of bright and talented high school graduates for successful teaching careers in schools of need throughout Illinois.


Beginning in April of their junior year and continuing through November 30th of their senior year, any Illinois high school students who are interested in a teaching are eligible for the Golden Apple Scholars program. To apply, students must first be nominated for the program by a teacher, counselor, principal or other non-family adult. (Students may also nominate themselves.) In addition to high school seniors, first-year community college students, second-year community college students and college sophomores are eligible for the scholarship and can nominate themselves.

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