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 Scholarship Application.
  2. Write a personal statement that addresses the following:
    • Describe your personal characteristics that contribute to your academic success in science and mathematics.
    • Describe your goals as future science or mathematics 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 one letter of recommendation from a science or mathematics professor that 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, letter, and transcripts to the following address:
University of Vermont
College of Education and Social Services
Regina Toolin
85 South Prospect Street
409A Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0160

Deadline: February 1 (same as Graduate MAT application due date)


The Noyce Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for science and mathematics 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 and mathematics professionals and majors who have completed a BA/BS in science or mathematics are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $18,700 for one year as they work towards an MAT degree and licensure in science or mathematics.


The National Science Foundation has awarded a Robert Noyce Grant to UVM to help recruit and educate the next generation of science and mathematics teachers. The grant is primarily a vehicle to award scholarships for students majoring in science and mathematics to become certified teachers and for STEM professionals who are interested in teaching as a second career.

Key information

  • Applicants for a Noyce scholarship and stipend must have a commitment to teaching science or mathematics in a high need school district for at least two years for every year they receive funding.
  • Applicants must be working towards or have completed a baccalaureate degree in science or mathematics.
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA and major GPA in science or mathematics 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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