Graduate Named Golden Apple Scholar

Yerkes_MMarist High School graduate Michael Yerkes '20 was recently named a Golden Apple Scholar. The foundation prepares aspiring teachers for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

The application process includes meeting grade point average and standardized testing requirements. Nearly 50 colleges and universities in Illinois participate in the elite program. After graduating from college, scholars must teach in Illinois schools of need for five years.

The scholarship includes:

- Tuition assistance, up to $23,000

- Paid Scholar Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience

- Academic and social-emotional support

- Job placement assistance

- Mentoring from our award-winning teaching faculty

Michael will attend Lewis University and plans to major in special education. While at Marist, he was heavily involved in clubs, carried a challenging academic load, and contributed to the boys' volleyball state championship in 2019.