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Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program

Program News

(last updated July 20, 2017)

2017-18 Program Funding
2016-17 Program Funding
2016-17 Payment
2016-17 Certification
2016-17 Nominations

Golden Apple Scholars Program Additional References


Program Funding

The 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) appropriation for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is $6,498,000.


Program Funding

The 2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017) appropriation for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is $6,647,600.


As announced in an July 20 e-Message, payment request rosters for the 2016-17 Golden Apple Scholarship Program can be completed online and submitted electronically to ISAC via TESP Payment Online at My Zone. Due to the unusual nature of the FY17 state budget process, and in an effort to facilitate the quickest-possible delivery of funds to institutions on behalf of their students, the 2016-17 Golden Apple payment request roster data now available via My Zone includes all terms. For every student included in the college's online payment request roster data, the “Term” column will list all applicable terms.

2016-17 Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program payment requests should be submitted as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, August 4, 2017. Beginning July 20 and continuing through August 4, 2016-17 Golden Apple payment processing will take place on a nightly basis [7 a.m. until 7 p.m. (CST)], with results for payment requests received available via the TESP area at My Zone on the following business day. Payment vouchers will be e-mailed to financial aid directors.

Refer to the Award Determination and Payment page within the Golden Apple Scholarship program area for general information about the payment process. Refer to the TESP Payment Request Roster and the TESP Payment Authorization pages at TESP My Zone for details about the TESP Payment Roster process, instructions for completing and submitting payment request rosters to ISAC and how to view, save and filter.


Golden Apple Scholarship Initial Certification records for the 2016-17 academic year can be completed online and submitted electronically to ISAC via My Zone beginning August 17, 2016. My Zone is available to enter certification information each Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. (CT). Results are available in real-time. The 2016-17 certification process is the same as previous years. The TESP Initial Certification Quick Reference Guide lists the fields and values that must be entered to certify eligibility.

An Initial Certification record is created in My Zone when the Golden Apple Foundation provides complete application information. All Initial Certifications available in My Zone must be completed regardless of whether the school certifies a student as eligible or ineligible. Only applicants with a complete and eligible certification record will be considered for an award. The schedule for awarding any 2016-17 Golden Apple Scholars will be dependent upon the status of the FY17 state budget.

A general overview of the certification process for Golden Apple Scholars is available within this section. Details regarding the online Certification process, instructions to enter and submit certifications to ISAC and how to request a report can be found in the TESP Certification area of My Zone.


Teachers, principals, counselors, or mentors can nominate a student to the Golden Apple Scholars program, beginning August 2017 by completing this form. Once the form is submitted, the nominated student will receive an email with login information and a link to apply online. Golden Apple educators will review online applications, choose the finalists to be interviewed and select the new group of Scholars.

Golden Apple Scholars Program Additional References

To access general information about the Golden Apple Program click on one of the links in the right-hand menu. To access the page within the GAS section that addresses the topics listed below, click on the topic.

Award Determination

TESP – My Zone