University of Vermont

National Science Foundation: The Robert Noyce Scholarship for Science Teachers

Noyce Graduate (MAT) Scholars Program

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How to Apply

  1. After you have applied to UVM Graduate College MAT program, complete the 2014 Scholarship Application.
  2. Write a personal statement that addresses the following:
    • Describe your personal characteristics that contribute to your academic success in science.
    • Describe your goals as future science teacher.
    • Describe how your personal attributes make a positive impact in schools.
    • Describe how your current financial situation would benefit from this scholarship.
  3. Obtain three letters of recommendation, one of which is from a science professor and specifically speaks to your eligibility for this scholarship, and is submitted on your behalf by e-mail to
  4. Request Academic Transcripts.
  5. Mail personal statement, application form, letters, and transcripts to the following address:
University of Vermont
College of Education and Social Services
Regina Toolin
85 South Prospect Street
411 Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0160

Deadline: February 1, 2014


The Noyce Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for graduate (MAT) science majors to become teachers in high need school districts. Through acceptance of the scholarship and stipend, recipients agree to teach two years in a high need school district for every year of scholarship funds received.

Science professionals and majors who have completed a BA/BS in science will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $12,500 for one year as they work towards an MAT degree and grade 7-12 science teaching certificate.


The National Science Foundation has awarded a Robert Noyce grant to UVM to help recruit and educate the next generation of science teachers. The grant is primarily a vehicle to award scholarships for students majoring in science to become certified teachers and for science and technology professionals to return to school to change careers to teaching. As part of the award there is a undergraduate scholarship program to assist science majors in becoming teachers in high need school districts.

Key information

  • Applicants for a Noyce scholarship and stipend must have a commitment to teaching science in a high need school district for at least two years for every year they receive funding.
  • Applicants must be working towards a baccalaureate degree in science.
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA and major GPA in science of 3.0.
  • Applicants must be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident.

What is a high need school or district?

The National Science Foundation defines a high need district as one that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • It has many out-of-field teachers. In particular, the district has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34% of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the majority of their classes; or (ii) more than 34% of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  • It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15% or more over the past three years.
  • It has at least one school in which 50% or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced lunch program.


For further information, please contact Dr. Regina Toolin, Program Director, at

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