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State Programs

For more information on the programs listed below including applications, please visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates who represent a rich ethnic diversity for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois and provides scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees. Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by a teacher, counselor, principal, or other non-family adult. Students must be nominated on or before November 30 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying.

Illinois Future Teacher Corps

The Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Scholarship Program encourages academically talented students to pursue teaching careers in the State of Illinois. Recipients must agree to teach for at least five years at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool or an Illinois public elementary or secondary school in a teacher shortage discipline, or agree to teach at a hard-to-staff school. Applicants may receive additional funds if they agree to teach in a shortage discipline and do so at a hard-to-staff school. If the teaching requirement is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan that must be repaid. Selection criteria include cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), Expected Family Contribution (EFC), minority student status, and renewal status. Students must apply on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying.

Minority Teacher of Illinois

The Minority Teacher of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. The program also aims to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models. Recipients must agree to begin teaching within one year of graduation at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary, or secondary school that the Illinois State Board of Education has certified as a school with at least 30% minority students. They must teach one year for each year of scholarship assistance or else the scholarship converts to a loan that must be repaid. Students must apply on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying.

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