Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois (Illinois Scholars Program)

Scholarship Provided by : Illinois Department of Public Health

Scholarship Amount

Various Amount

Application Deadline

February 15, 2017


The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a scholarship program that identifies talented high school seniors, as well as first and second-year college students who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schools. We prepare them for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

We are more than a scholarship program that only awards funding. We provide four years of residential summer institutes, which give you on-site classroom experience, as well as mentoring from a Golden Apple teacher.

Studies show that there is a shortage of qualified, enthusiastic teachers entering the profession, and a particular shortage of minority and bilingual teachers. Students need teachers who have similar backgrounds and experiences to serve as role models and give them the hope of a promising future. 


Applicants must be Illinois high school seniors or college sophomores at one of the 53 partner universities in Illinois who are interested in teaching. There are a limited number of spots for college sophomores, and all college students must be nominated by a university liaison. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Students must commit to teaching in an Illinois school of need for five years after graduation.

Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, American Indian, African American
Sophomore, Freshmen

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