Open to high school seniors and a limited number of undergraduate sophomores. Scholars also must meet GPA requirements, participate in Summer Institutes, and comply with a code of conduct while in the program. Must attend one of the 53 Illinois colleges and universities that partner with the program, obtain Illinois teacher certification, and teach for five years in an Illinois school of need after graduation. Sophomores must acquire the Pathway Scholars application from the liaison of a participating university or from the Scholars program Assistant Director of Recruitment. In addition, candidates must be enrolled in a program leading to teacher certification, pass the Basic Skills, have a 2.5 Cumulative GPA, have filed a FAFSA form, and have a total of 60 credit hours approved by the university prior to the beginning of the candidate's junior year.