Robert Noyce Scholarship

STEM Teacher Education Development Scholarship

Noyce Scholarship Foundation

The STEM Teacher and Education Development Program at Reinhardt University is made possible through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose is to recruit and graduate more STEM biology and mathematics high school teacher candidates. The grant will provide two-year scholarships to biology and mathematics majors who simultaneously earn a Secondary Teacher Certification and agree to teach for 4 years in Georgia counties with documented high-need, underserved school populations.

Noyce Scholars will receive scholarships of up to $20,000 per year in their last 2 years (3rd and 4th for Mathematics; 4th and 5th for Biology).

Noyce Scholars must commit to teach full-time in a high-need school as a STEM teacher for two years for each scholarship year.

Items to complete prior to beginning electronic application:

  • a brief cover letter introducing yourself as a Noyce Scholar applicant
  • a typed essay (see Section Il: Essay)
  • two reference letters completed by those who can attest to your academic background, leadership, and potential to teach math/science in a high-need school (see Section Ill: Recommendations)
  • an unofficial college transcript (applicants must possess a 3.0 GPA or higher) (include with completed application packet)

Watch the 2020 Noyce Scholar Kaitlin Marick deliver a lesson Proving the Product Rule using Lightboard technology.

Scholarship Expectations & Information

The Noyce program targets students who desire a teaching career.  Target students must obtain a science or mathematics degree, and an education degree in the applicable field.  STEM Teacher Scholars adhere to the following criteria:

  • Biology or Mathematics major with dual degree in Secondary Education
  • Be a full-time student of Reinhardt University
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have and maintain a GPA equal to or greater than 3.0
  • Complete an essay to be used in the application process
  • Obtain faculty recommendation specifying academic strengths
  • Obtain faculty recommendation attesting to leadership, teaching potential and/or character
  • Attend a personal interview for the scholarship
  • Graduate within two years of start of funding
  • Obtain teaching certificate in STEM discipline
  • Maintain a GPA of >3.0
  • Participate as counselor in at least one STEM Science Camp
  • Complete one undergraduate research project
  • Complete program assessments such as surveys and interviews as required by coordinator
  • Attend at least one discipline or program specific conference each year
  1. Regularly attend STEM Teaching and Development events and virtual meetings with coordinator and mentors
  2. STEM Teacher Scholars will commit to teach in a high-need school district, in a mathematics or science related field for at least two years for each year of scholarship funding they have received.  STEM Teacher Scholars must teach 2 years for every year of scholarship they receive. 

    • High-need school districts are defined by
      • a high percentage of students from families with incomes below the poverty line
      • a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were training to teach
      • a high teacher turnover rate
  • Mentored research experience
  • Summer camp instructional experience
  • Practical and clinical experience as undergraduate teaching assistant and tutor
  • Pedagogical support in content teaching methods focusing on differentiated instruction