FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date: January 31, 2001

                                                                                                            Contact: Lezli Austen

Golden Apple Scholars announces new partnership with UIS

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield has become a partner in the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program. UIS joins 37 current partners in a mission to recruit and prepare high school students to become teachers. The program has helped more than 500 students over 12 years to work toward the goal of becoming a teacher.

“We are honored to be partnered with such a fine organization,” said Dr. Allan Cook, associate professor and chair of teacher education at UIS, and the university’s liaison for the Golden Apple program. The Golden Apple Foundation has a record of recruiting students to teach in schools of need. According to Cook, “Their resources provide the incentives to recruit students who may not otherwise include college, let alone teaching, in their future plans.”

UIS’ first Golden Apple Scholar, Keilan Bonner, is a transfer student from Illinois State University. Bonner, a junior in teacher education, plans to teach secondary mathematics.

Responding to the growing need for both more Illinois teachers and more minorities in the teaching profession, the Golden Apple program focuses on recruiting minority students to become teachers. Currently, 58 percent of Golden Apple Scholars are minorities, including 27 percent who are African American and 22 percent who are Hispanic. Additionally, 57 percent come from families whose income is classified as either low or very low.

In February, 100 Golden Apple scholars will be selected. Nominees are selected through an application process. They then choose one of the 38 partner colleges and universities to attend. In exchange, the Golden Apple Foundation provides total financial support of $28,000 for tuition, as well as teaching experience through four summer institutes. These institutes provide scholars with more than three times the amount of classroom and field experience – prior to student teaching – than they would otherwise receive.

All Golden Apple Foundation programs were created and include participation by Golden Apple Award-winning teachers. Founded in 1985 by venture capitalist Martin J. Koldyke, the Golden Apple Foundation is committed to teacher recognition, recruitment, and renewal. For more information about the scholars program, contact the Golden Apple Foundation at (312) 407-0006 or visit the website at www.goldenapple.org.

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