Scholar of the Month

Scholars of the Month are nominated by any Golden Apple ISU Scholar. The award is given to those individuals who have demonstrated hard work, dedication, and a passion for GAISU, and who have appeared to stand out among their scholar peers. 

We would like to congratulate and celebrate our Gapples of the Month and their many accomplishments! Thank you for your hard work for Golden Apple ISU!

September 2017: Our September Scholars of the Month are Karen Gomez and Isaiah Wickware!

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Karen Gomez (left) is a sophomore here at Illinois State University. She is a Special Education major, with a minor in Spanish. She is originally from Plainfield, IL. Outside of Golden Apple, Karen is a member of University Program Board. She also enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her friends and family in her free time.

Karen was chosen as Scholar of the Month because she has continued to show excitement about Golden Apple, even though she has yet to attend a Summer Institute. She was also chosen for her caring, passionate, and outgoing attitude.

Congratulations, Karen!

Isaiah Wickware (right) is a freshman studying Elementary Education here at Illinois State University. He is originally from Peoria, Illinois. Outside of Golden Apple, Isaiah is involved in Cornerstone Campus Ministry. Isaiah also enjoys playing any kind of sport and hanging out with people in his free time.

Isaiah was chosen as Scholar of the Month because he is very involved, passionate about teaching, and always wanting to learn more.

Congratulations, Isaiah!

October 2017: Our October Scholar of the Month is Joshua Payne! 


Joshua is sophomore biology teacher education major here at ISU, and is also receiving an endorsement in Chemistry. He is originally from Dixon, IL. Outside of Golden Apple, Joshua is a local tutor. In his free time, he enjoys playing his guitar.

Joshua was chosen as Scholar of the Month for October because he is very involved in GA ISU, and a kind, helpful, and respectful face in Golden Apple.

Congratulations, Joshua!

November 2017: Our November Scholar of the Month will be announced at our meeting in January. Date TBD


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