Trevor Sampson, a graduate of Morris Community High School, was selected to the 2013 Golden Apple Scholars class.
Trevor has already started the Golden Apple summer program at DePaul University and will attend Eastern Illinois University in the fall.
Golden Apple Scholars are a group of 135 dynamic young people who have demonstrated passion and commitment to pursuing a career in education.
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is designed to address the urgent need for resilient and creative teachers serving Illinois students in economically and educationally disadvantaged schools.
The program provides tuition assistance to each future teacher while they pursue an undergraduate education at one of 53 Illinois universities. Most importantly, throughout their undergraduate years Scholars participate in a comprehensive series of pre-student teaching internships, mentoring and course work on the art of teaching delivered by Golden Apple Award-winning teachers.
When Scholars complete the program, they have acquired more than three times the classroom experiences garnered by traditionally prepared teachers.
Golden Apple continues to support Scholars after they begin their teaching careers through mentoring and professional development opportunities. In return for the financial and professional development support that is provided by Golden Apple, scholars agree to teach in a high-need school in Illinois for five years following graduation.
Students have a demonstrated record of performance improvement in subject mastery on state tests.
Applications for the 2014 class open May 1, 2013.