Maine South recent graduate Allison Clements and Maine East recent graduate Kyanna Thompson were both recently named Golden Apple Scholars for the Class of 2019. The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is a prestigious multi-year teacher preparation and scholarship program that selects exceptional students who aspire to be teachers in Illinois schools-of-need.
In return for a commitment to serve for five years in an Illinois school-of-need, scholars receive academic support throughout college, tuition assistance, residential Scholar Institutes which include first-hand classroom experiences, job placement assistance and mentoring during the first years of teaching.
Golden Apple Scholars graduate at high rates and STAY in teaching, with 82% who excel as teachers in schools-of-need for five or more years. Principals have shared that Golden Apple Scholars are better prepared to teach on day one than those prepared by any other program.