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Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program

Program News

(last updated September 20, 2017)

2017-18 Program Funding
2017-18 Certification
2017-18 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.


Golden Apple Scholarship Initial Certification records for the 2017-18 academic year can be completed online and submitted electronically to ISAC via My Zone beginning September 20, 2017. 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 2017-18 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 when awarding takes place later this fall.

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