Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Scholarship Description:
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 across Illinois. We prepare them for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

Website: Golden Apple Scholars
Application: Access Here (Please Note: the application takes place on another Academic Works system)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate high school in 2023
  • Complete online application
    Every application submitted to Golden Apple Scholars receives a holistic review. This means every piece of your application is reviewed and considered in order to make a decision. One single item does not determine your application decision.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois

Standardized testing requirements (Optional):
Standardized test scores are optional and not required for acceptance to the Golden Apple Scholars Program. The review committee will closely review the strength of course selection, G.P.A., grade trending, personal statements and overall involvement for students wishing not to submit test scores.

Students accepted into the Scholars program must submit test scores after induction to assist in research purposes.
Home school students are required to submit test scores for application review.

If selected as a scholar, the Completion Requirements are…

Renewable: Yes, for up to 4 years.
Open to DREAMers: No, however open to IL DACAmented students
Contact Information: please email

Up to $23,000