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Noyce Scholarship/Stipend Program Overview

What is the Noyce Scholarship/Stipend Program?

The Robert Noyce Scholarship/Stipend program seeks to increase the number of basic education teachers with strong content knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program provides funds for talented STEM majors and STEM professionals who commit to become mathematics and science teachers in high-need schools. Scholarships are provided to college/university juniors or seniors who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who commit to completing certification in science or mathematics and teaching in a high-need school. Likewise, stipends are available for professionals seeking to become science or mathematics teachers who commit to teaching in a high-need school.

The Robert Noyce Scholarship/Stipend Program (RNSP) is named for a pioneer of semiconductor development and founder of the semiconductor industry.

When does the program begin?

Funding for this program in Pennsylvania was awarded September 1, 2005, and will expire August 31, 2009, or when all funds are expended, whichever comes first. The deadline for scholarship or stipend applications is April 20 or October 20 each year. Recipients of awards will be announced in either early January or early June.

What are the goals of the RNSP?

The goals of this program include:

  • To recruit additional qualified persons to a teaching career in science or mathematics, specifically STEM majors and professionals
  • To achieve 100 percent retention in the teaching force for five years for Noyce recipients

What is the length of the program?

The NSF award is effective September 1, 2005, and expires August 31, 2009. Funds will be awarded beginning in the Spring 2006 semester. Additional rounds of awards will be scheduled each semester, as funds allow.

What is the difference between a scholarship and a stipend?

Scholarships are intended for STEM Majors. Scholarships will be $7,500–$10,000 per year for up to two years. Candidates may apply for a two-year annual scholarship. Scholarship awardees are required to teach two years in a high-need school district for each year of scholarship received.

Stipends are intended for STEM professionals. Stipends will be a maximum of $10,000, not to exceed the cost of attendance, for one year. Therefore, candidates may apply for a one-year stipend. Stipend awardees are required to teach in a high-need school district for two years for the one-year award.

Scholarships and stipends will be awarded by semester, with subsequent semesters awarded pending review of eligibility. Awards will be paid directly to the university financial aid office.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants must have earned a degree in science or mathematics and make a commitment to complete certification requirements at a State System university to teach secondary science or mathematics within two years of the initial award. These applicants may be juniors or seniors currently completing a science or mathematics degree or postbaccalaureates holding a science or mathematics degree. All Noyce recipients must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens.

Where can applications be found?

Applications may be obtained from CETP-PA Math and Science Centers, designated contact faculty or administrators on non-CETP-PA campuses, CareerLink Offices, or the PASSHE Foundation Office. Applications may also be obtained through the PASSHE Foundation Office website.

What are the deadlines for applying?

Applications must be submitted by April 20 or October 20 of each year. Recipients of awards will be announced in early January or early June.

How are scholarship/stipend award recipients determined?

A scholarship committee, composed of representatives from at least four CETP-PA universities, will be charged with screening applications. Awards will be made to academically deserving candidates who meet application requirements. Criteria will include, among other things, a minimum GPA of 3.0, with preference for those with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, leadership abilities, commitment to teaching in a high-need school district, financial need, diversity, and additional specific criteria to be determined by the CETP-PA Scholarship Committee.

What are the responsibilities and obligations of the awardees?

Potential awardees must be full-time students to receive the award, e.g., 12–15 credits/semester for undergraduate students and nine credits for a graduate student.

All awardees are expected to pursue and provide evidence of professional development, including but not limited to volunteer services to the Math and Science Center, attendance at conferences and workshops, research involvement, tutoring programs, or a personalized plan of professional development developed in consultation with their center director (or scholarship shepherd) and academic advisor. Awardees also will create and maintain a website which publicizes their activities.

Stipend awardees are required to teach in a high-need school district for two years for the one-year award. Scholarship awardees are required to teach two years in a high-need school district for each year of scholarship received.

The deadline for scholarship/stipend awardees to secure a qualified teaching assignment is two years after the candidate received their teaching certification. The timeframe for completion of the teaching requirement will be six years for scholarship recipients who have received the full two-year scholarship. Stipend recipients must complete their assignment within four years after receiving their teaching certification. The teaching term is reduced prorata for those who received less than the maximum term of award.

Scholarships and stipends are considered “loans” that are forgiven upon completion of the required teaching assignment. Awardees who default on meeting their obligations will be required to repay the award.

What is considered to be a high-need school?

Scholarship and stipend awardees must teach in a high-need school district that has at least one school building meeting one or more of the high-need criteria. The awardee does not necessarily have to teach in the school building that meets the criteria.

The Noyce Program criteria are:

  1. It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program.
  2. It has at least one school in which: (1) more than 34 percent 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 graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes, or (2) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  3. It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.

What if I cannot find a teaching position within the time limit required of the award?

It is expected that scholarship and stipend recipients will actively seek a teaching position in a high-need school district. Recipients should keep a record of schools to which they have applied and the outcome of their endeavors at seeking employment. It is the recipient’s responsibility for reporting to the Foundation Office their eventual teaching position. Should a recipient be unable to find a qualified teaching position within the prescribed time limit of the Noyce Program, they should notify the Foundation Office. Recipients may apply for extensions if there are extenuating circumstances or hardships.

Is there ongoing academic and technical assistance once an award is received?

The CETP-PA Science and Math Centers, through their director or scholarship shepherd, and designated faculty or administrators on non-CETP-PA campuses will provide (or ensure) support and mentoring and will maintain contact to ensure that you are aware of available resources. This mentoring may be in person or on line. On-line mentoring will be provided, as needed, for at least the first three years after receiving a teaching position.

To assist you in finding a qualified placement for teaching, a list of appropriate high-need schools will be available. Also, referrals to high-need schools will be provided based on an inventory of such schools that conduct high-quality teacher induction programs.

What if there are further questions?

Potential applicants, candidates, or awardees seeking further information may call the PASSHE Foundation Office at 717-720-4120.

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