The following information was provided by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education concerning scholarship awards for students at PASSHE universities:
Students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at any Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university can apply for up to $10,000 a year in scholarship assistance in their junior and senior years by committing to becoming a high school math or science teacher. Students who transfer from community colleges to a PASSHE university also can apply for the scholarship funds.
Those who already hold a degree in one of the so-called STEM fields can receive a $10,000 stipend to help cover the cost of returning to school to earn their teacher certification.
Both awards are available through the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, which is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and is administered by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation. The deadline for applying for Fall 2010 awards is April 20.
The scholarship program was developed to help increase the number of basic education teachers with strong content knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Recipients of either the scholarship or the stipend are required to teach in a high-need school in Pennsylvania for one year for every semester they receive the scholarship.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.00 and must be a full-time student during each semester for which the award is received. Transfer students or graduates whose academic standing is or was less than 3.00, must complete at least a semester of coursework at a PASSHE university to establish the qualifying GPA.
Applicants for the stipend must have earned a degree in science or mathematics and make a commitment to completing certification requirements to teach secondary science or mathematics within two years of the initial award.
For more information about the program and to obtain an application, please go to the PA Foundation website or contact Eileen Showers in the PASSHE Foundation office at 717-720-4065 or eshowers@thePAfoundation.org. Information also is available through Pennsylvania Career Link.