Mandatory Meeting With the Golden Apple Foundation

Scholars Program Assistant Directors Corey Richardson and Lanier Zimmer from the Golden Apple Foundation will be visiting Illinois State University on Thursday, November 13th. They have organized a special meeting at 7pm with all Gapples at ISU in Schroeder Hall room 242. This event is mandatory. You can RSVP to our Facebook event for this meeting here.

If for any reason you will be unable to attend this mandatory meeting, please email Corey and Lanier at and

Jim Sorensen and Dannielle Mitchell Attend March Meeting

On March 27th, 2014, Director of the Golden Apple Scholars Program Jim Sorensen and Associate Director Dannielle Mitchell visited Golden Apple ISU at our monthly meeting in DeGarmo Hall. We were excited to give them a taste of our RSO by introducing new events such as Fundraisers and Socials, providing updates on our incredible success so far for Relay for Life, and celebrating our newest Gapple of the Month.  We were delighted to have both Jim and Dannielle speak about all of the new and exciting things happening with the foundation, especially regarding the new structure of Summer Institutes.

We want to thank Jim and Dannielle for making the effort to travel so far to see the Gapple family branch here at Illinois State University! We look forward to more such visits in the future!

Golden Apple Announces 175 Scholars for 2014

The Golden Apple Foundation has released the names and other information on the 175 high school seniors and college sophomores who have been accepted into the Golden Apple Scholars Program.

According to the Golden Apple website, “the 2014 class represents a 30% increase in future teachers now participating in the program in Illinois.” This is the largest number of Scholars awarded in all of the program’s 26 years.

“The 2014 class of Scholars represents a diverse group of young people from across the state of Illinois:

  • 61% are the first in their family to attend college
  • 39% are from very low/low income households
  • 56% are people of color
  • 21% are men and 79% are women”

We would like to congratulate all 175 new additions to the Golden Apple family, especially those who plan to attend Illinois State University (or already do!) We are all incredibly excited to meet and get to know these ’14 Gapples.

Nominations are open beginning on April 1st for the Class of 2015.

The list of the Golden Apple Scholar Class of 2014 and more information can be found at the Golden Apple Foundation’s website here.

Update: On Thursday, April 4th, Golden Apple asks that we celebrate the new class by remembering when we received our own life-changing letters and using the hashtags #‎BeTheChange‬ and ‪#‎WeLoveTeachers‬ across all social media. 

Teachers for Tomorrow 2013

Join the Golden Apple Foundation for the annual Teachers for Tomorrow Conference, a day full of valuable workshops, lectures, and networking for future and current teachers of all kinds. It’s like a one-day Summer Institute with Jim, Dom, and the Golden Apple family!

This year’s conference will take place on Saturday, September 21st from 8:30am to 2pm at Thornton Fractional South High School at 18500 Burnham Ave in Lansing, IL. Several ISU Gapples come from this school.

To REGISTER for this conference, click here.

Click here to see a detailed description of each workshop.

Want to discuss carpooling with your fellow ISU Gapples? Click here.