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Golden Apple Scholars Program Overview

Created in 1988 by the award-winning teachers of the Golden Apple Foundation, the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares bright and talented Illinois high school graduates, as well as first and second-year college students who represent a rich ethnic diversity for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois and provides scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

The Golden Apple Foundation's Academy of Educators believes that nothing is more important to education than the interaction between teacher and student. Studies show that there is a short supply of qualified, enthusiastic teachers entering the profession, and there is a particular shortage of minority and bilingual teachers.

The Golden Apple Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago. The Foundation promotes excellence in Pre K-12 education through the work of excellent teachers. Students need teachers who have similar backgrounds and experiences to serve as role models and give them the hope of a promising future. Golden Apple Scholars receive mentoring support from outstanding, award-winning teachers who are part of the Golden Apple network.