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Who is eligible?

To apply for a Noyce Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

Is there a required teaching commitment?

Yes. Individuals awarded a Noyce scholarship must work as a full-time STEM teacher in a high-need school district or educational agency for two years per every year of received scholarship support. This teaching commitment must be fulfilled within eight years of degree completion. Those who do not fulfill this obligation must repay the scholarship in full. 

Below defines a high-need local education according the the NSF website

The term high-need local educational agency, according to section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021), means a U.S. local educational agency (e.g., school district) that has at least one school that:

Meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • No fewer than 20 percent of the children served by the agency are from low income families
  • serves at least 10,000 children from low-income families
  • is eligible for funding under the Small, Rural School Achievement Program under 20 U.S.C. 7345(b)
  • is eligible for funding under the Rural and Low-Income School Program under 20 U.S.C. 7351(b)

Meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • has a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the academic subject areas or grade levels in which the teachers were trained to teach 
  • has a high teacher turnover rate or a high percentage of teachers with emergency, provisional, or temporary certification or licensure

How do I apply?

Fall application deadline: December 1
Spring application deadline: May 1

Applicants should complete the following by one of the deadlines specified above:

  • Complete our application form
  • 200-300 word personal statement discussing your desire to become an educator 
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation submitted by your recommender to Tina Bell 
  • Interview with Noyce Scholarship Committee

I’m interested, but would like more information first

Complete the following interest form and a member of our committee will follow up with you to answer any questions.

STEM Accelerator

The Noyce Scholarship Program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and managed by the faculty and staff of the STEM Accelerator, a special interdisciplinary collaborative in the College of Science. 

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