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Golden Apple Scholars Application Procedures

Any Illinois high school student who is interested in a teaching career is eligible for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program. Golden Apple selects as many as 100 high school and undergraduate (freshmen through seniors) college students each year from public and non-public schools and universities throughout Illinois. Nominees are asked to complete a written application, provide ACT scores, and furnish transcripts to Golden Apple. From the completed applications, Golden Apple Award-winning teachers choose finalists to be interviewed and select the new group of Scholars in February.

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.

A limited number of positions in the program are also open to college sophomores in attendance at one of the 53 Illinois colleges and universities that partner in the program. Candidates who are college sophomores must acquire the Pathway Scholars application from the liaison of a participating university or from the Scholars program Assistant Director of Recruitment. In addition, candidates for the Pathway Scholars program must be enrolled in a program leading to teacher certification, pass the Basic Skills, and have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Those enrolled at the college sophomore, junior or senior level must have a 2.5 Cumulative GPA and have a total of 60 credit hours approved by the university prior to the beginning of the candidate’s junior year.