The Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching, a leading nonprofit committed to preparing, supporting, and mentoring aspiring teachers, extended the application deadline for the New Mexico Scholars program to April 15.
Scholars will receive extensive classroom teaching experience, instruction from award-winning New Mexico educators, job placement assistance upon graduation from college, a stipend, and mentoring throughout their journey. The Scholars Program creates a new pipeline of great teachers to help address both the teacher shortage and support those to return to their communities to teach.
New Mexico residents who are high school seniors, freshmen or sophomores in college, or enrolled in community college are eligible to apply now at www.goldenapple.org/scholars-new-mexico. Referrals of students from community members are also encouraged. Referrals may be made by visiting www.goldenapple.org/refer-a-scholar
Golden Apple believes in the importance of preparing future educators who mirror the experiences of the students they will eventually serve. As a result, 82% of Golden Apple Scholars stay in the profession for more than five years, a higher retention rate than any other teaching preparation program. If teachers are recruited from the community and teach in the community, then they are more likely to stay and help the community through quality education.