Financial Aid

Golden Apple Scholars (GAS)

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois (GAS) Program is available to high school graduates who represent a rich ethnic diversity for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois. Please note that the number of scholarships made through this program, as well as the individual dollar amount awarded, are subject to sufficient annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.


GAS awards can be used for tuition, fees, room and board or commuter charges (but cannot exceed  Cost of Attendance  when combined with other aid) - eligible students may receive an award up to $2,500 per year.

Receipt of an award requires a five-year teaching commitment  in an Illinois school of need. If teaching commitments are not fulfilled, award(s) will convert to an unsubsidized loan, which the student will be required to repay. 


Here's how the application process works for aspiring Scholars

  • Applicants complete an online application with two references and essays. ACT scores and transcripts can be mailed to Golden Apple or (preferably) uploaded into the application.
  • Golden Apple educators will review online applications, choose the finalists to be interviewed and select the new group of Scholars.
  • View the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program Website for information on deadlines and additional requirements.