University of Vermont

National Science Foundation: The Robert Noyce Scholarship for Science Teachers

The Scholarship

The Noyce Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for undergraduate science majors to become teachers in high need school districts. In addition, stipends are available for professionals and those students who already have a Bachelor’s degree seeking to become a science teacher in a high need school. 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.

Who should apply?
  • Undergraduates who are presently sophomores or juniors
  • Seniors interested in applying for the MAT program in secondary education
  • Professionals and individuals who have earned a BA/BS in science and who are applying for the MAT program in secondary education
What are the eligibility requirements?
  • 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 either be working on or have already earned a baccalaureate degree in science.
  • A minimum overall GPA and major GPA in science of 3.0.
  • Are United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.
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 Professor Regina Toolin, Program Director, at Rtoolin@uvm.edu.

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