CHICAGO –The deadline to nominate students for the Golden Apple Scholars has been extended, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. Students in their senior year of high school who plan to teach in a needy school in Illinois may be nominated for the award. They may be nominated by teachers, counselors, principals or other non-family adults, and may also nominate themselves.
Winners will be awarded tuition assistance to a college in Illinois and will be given continued mentorship by educators who have won the Golden Apple Award. In return for the scholarship, Golden Apple Scholars agree to teach in high-need schools for five years after graduation.
Teachers from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will counties may also be nominated for the related Golden Apple Award. They must teach in grades 4-8, and can be nominated by parents, students, administrators and other teachers. Nominations are due December 31.
“We’re lucky to have many great educators and students in our area. Especially at this time of year, it’s important that we recognize and give thanks for them,” said Cunningham.
The winners will be inducted into the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, receive a paid spring quarter sabbatical at Northwestern University in Evanston and a $3,000 cash prize.