Teachers, here's your opportunity to earn a full scholarship for your Master's Degree at Rockford University! The Don Zimmerman Golden Apple Scholarship began in 2020 with Meghan Baylor as the first recipient. Meghan completes her Master's degree in Spring 2022.

Don Zimmerman began teaching locally in 1956 at Rockford West High School as an Orchestra teacher. Don Zimmerman, and his dear friend, Dr. Richard Novak, took their passions for education and turned it into a collective community effort to recognize excellence in teaching with the founding of Golden Apple Foundation in 1997. It began out of Don's garage, sorting apples and celebrating local RPS 205 teachers, and today has grown to supporting all public and ISBE recognized private schools in Winnebago and Boone counties. The Foundation continues its mission of inspiring, celebrating and supporting educational excellence in our community through awards & recognition, the Golden Apple Teacher Academy, classroom grants, and teacher scholarships. 

The Zimmerman family and Golden Apple Foundation honor Don's memory with the Don Zimmerman Golden Apple Scholarship. This scholarship grants an existing teacher a full-tuition scholarship at Rockford University to complete their Master’s degree. Click here for eligibility requirements and more details about the scholarship.

  • Complete application packet and submit to the Golden Apple Foundation office by 5 p.m. on May 20, 2022.
  • Finalists will be contacted by June, 1, 2022 and interviews scheduled.
  • Recipient will be announced by June 15, 2022.

 Ist Don Zimmerman Golden Apple Scholarship recipient - Meghan Baylor 2020