Scholarships and teaching experience entice Golden Apple Scholars

Six current Golden Apple scholars attended the 2012 Activities Fair: NICHELLE HIBBLER ’15, RAVEN WILLIAMS ’16, MICHELLE ISSEN ’16, DAWNESHA FREEMAN ’13, ANNA TREESARA ’13, and NICOLE CAREY ’15

Imagine walking into a Chicago public school as a recent high school graduate, armed for your first day of student teaching. That’s where ANNA TREESARA ’13 found herself the summer after high school. “I like to say that the Golden Apple Scholar program puts you in the deep end right away, and you figure out how to swim as you go,” said Treesara.

Golden Apple is a statewide foundation that not only provides scholarships for eligible college-bound students but teaching experience, classes, and portfolio-building assistance. Students typically apply as seniors in high school, although there is a Pathway Scholar option for college sophomores. Out of 400 applicants in 2011, 110 Illinois high school seniors were accepted into the program. 

Bradley currently has 11 Golden Apple scholars. Each is committed to teaching in a high-needs school, whether academic and/or economic, for at least five years after graduation. The scholars must attend two DePaul University workshops where they student teach in the Chicago public school system. By their third summer, they can choose where they work; during the fourth summer, they receive portfolio preparation at Elmhurst College. 

The Golden Apple liaison on campus, Dr. JANA HUNZICKER ’89 MA ’94, believes the summer institutes are the biggest part of the program. “Our Golden Apples Scholars are getting a lot more clinical experience by the time they graduate than they could with Bradley’s education program alone. They are comfortable teaching in urban school settings, which is where we especially need highly skilled teachers.” Visit goldenapple.org for more information.

— Sarah Hallstein ’12