Springfield High School senior Maddie Crawford has been named a 2015 Golden Apple Scholar, and will receive a monetary award and attend summer institutes in Chicago.
Crawford plans to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the fall to begin pursuing her teaching career.
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a scholarship program that identifies talented high school seniors who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schools. The selection process is rigorous, requiring three essays, letters of reference, test scores, transcripts and an interview at the finalist stage. There were only 200 scholarships available in 2015.