Golden Apple Foundation Scholarship Program For Those Who Love Teaching

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. The foundation prepares them for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments. Do you dream of teaching?

 

Golden Apple is more than a scholarship program that only awards funding. Golden Apple Foundation Scholarship 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.

 

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Scholars gain essential exposure to the challenges and triumphs of high-needs classroom settings that is unrivaled by any other teacher preparation program.  Through the program, Scholars build invaluable networks of support that guide them throughout their teaching years.

 

Fulfill your passion for teaching as you become an educator and force for change in the lives of students across Illinois.

 

Benefits

  • Tuition support, up to $23,000
  • Paid Summer Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience
  • Academic support
  • Job placement assistance
  • Ongoing mentoring from award-winning teachers throughout college and during the early years of teaching.

 

 

The Golden Apple Scholars are selected from these distinct paths: a graduating High School student and the Pathway Program.

 

High School Student, graduating

Benefits

Golden Apple Scholars who enter the program out of High School receive up to $23,000 in scholarships and stipend funds:

 

Tuition assistance of $2,500 per year for freshmen and sophomore years and $5,000 per year for junior and senior years (paid directly to the Scholar’s undergraduate institution)

 

Scholars also receive a $2,000 stipend for participation in each of four Summer Institute experiences

 

Comprehensive job placement program that assists scholars finding employment during and after college

 

 

Requirements

Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois.

 

Graduate high school in year of application

 

Complete online application

 

2.5 GPA – school transcripts must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete

 

 

Standardized testing requirements

ACT: Prior to 9/1/15 – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion; 9/1/15 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion; 9/10/16 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion or

 

SAT: Prior to 3/5/16 – Composite score of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics=1030 or higher) and minimum  score of 450 on writing and language; (3/5/16 and later): Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language

 

*Taking either ACT or SAT is acceptable. All scores must be from one test administration taken on the same date.  Visit the ACT website for upcoming test dates. Scores must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete.

 

 

Selection Process

Golden Apple Award-winning teachers select program finalists and schedule interviews February through March.

 

Accepted Scholars are notified in early April.

 

 

If selected as a Scholar, the completion requirements are:

Meet ISAC program requirements

 

Meet 2.5 GPA program requirements

 

Participate in Golden Apple Summer Institutes

 

Comply with program code of conduct

 

Earn a bachelor’s degree at one of 53 Illinois partner universities

 

Obtain Illinois teacher certification

 

Teach for five years in an Illinois school-of-need within seven years of graduation.

 

Read more http://www.goldenapple.org/high-school-students

 

 

Pathway Program

Are you currently enrolled in your first or second year at an Illinois partner university or in your second year of community college? If so, the Pathway Scholars Program may be for you!

 

 

Benefits

Golden Apple Pathway Scholars receive up to $14,000 – $18,500 in scholarships and stipend funds depending on the entry point.

 

Tuition assistance of $5,000 per year for junior and senior years (paid directly to the Pathway Scholar’s undergraduate institution). In addition, Freshmen Pathways also receive $2,500 for their sophomore year

 

Professional development through Summer Institutes

 

Exclusive access to online job board

 

Mentoring through first two years of teaching after college

 

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Requirements

Graduated from an Illinois school

 

Currently attending one of 52 partner universities in Illinois – or – currently attending a community college in Illinois

 

Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois.

 

Have passed the TAP by January 2016, or have achieved the following standardized testing requirements:

 

ACT: Prior to 9/1/15 – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion; 9/1/15 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion; 9/10/16 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion or

 

SAT: Prior to 3/5/16 – Composite score of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics=1030 or higher) and minimum  score of 450 on writing and language; (3/5/16 and later): Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language

 

*Taking either ACT or SAT is acceptable. All scores must be from one test administration taken on the same date.  Visit the ACT website for upcoming test dates. Scores must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete.

 

 

Selection Process

Golden Apple Award-winning teachers select program finalists and schedule interviews January – February.

 

Accepted Scholars are notified in March.

 

 

Completion Requirements

Meet 2.5 GPA requirements

 

Meet ISAC program requirements

 

Participate in two Golden Apple Summer Institutes (three for Freshmen Pathways)

 

Comply with program code of conduct

 

Complete a bachelor’s degree at one of 53 Illinois partner universities

 

Obtain Illinois teacher certification

 

Teach for five years in an Illinois school of need within seven years of graduation

 

Further information http://www.goldenapple.org/becoming-a-pathways-scholar

 

 

 

Contact information

Golden Apple Foundation

8 South Michigan Avenue

Suite 700

Chicago, IL 60603

Telephone: 312-407-0006

Fax: 312-407-0344

Email: info@goldenapple.org

 

Read more http://www.goldenapple.org/golden-apple-scholars

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