Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program

Golden Apple Scholars Application Process

  • Complete online application including references and personal statements.
  • Upload Unofficial Transcripts
  • Standardized Test Scores (ACT or SAT)
  • 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.
  • Participate in prospective Scholar interviews

Golden Apple Scholars Program Eligibility Requirements

Entry Points

  • High school Class of 2022
  • College Freshmen and Sophomores at Partner Universities in Illinois
  • Community college students in Illinois

General Requirements

  • U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or DACAmented student, and resident of Illinois
  • Illinois High School Senior, Illinois Partner University Freshman or Sophomore, Illinois Community College Student.
  • Academic Requirements
  • 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.

Completion Requirements

  • Meet ISAC program requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Participation in Golden Apple Scholar Institutes
  • Code of conduct compliance
  • Bachelor’s degree from an Illinois Partner University
  • Illinois teaching certification
  • Teach for five years in an Illinois school-of-need within 7 years of graduation

Eligible Colleges & Universities

  • Augustana College
  • Aurora University
  • Benedictine University
  • Blackburn College
  • Bradley University
  • Chicago State University
  • Concordia University
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elmhurst University
  • Eureka College
  • Governors State University
  • Greenville University
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Judson University
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • McKendree University
  • Millikin University
  • Monmouth College
  • National Louis University
  • North Central College
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Quincy University
  • Rockford University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Trinity International University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of St. Francis
  • VanderCook College of Music
  • Western Illinois University
  • Wheaton College


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