- What is the Noyce Scholarship?
The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship for 2019-2024 is for students who major in chemistry, biology, physics, earth science, or mathematics education. This NSF grant provides significant scholarship support ($10,000 to $20,000 per year for four semesters total) to eligible college students in their junior and senior years. In return, students commit to two years of teaching in a high-need school division in Virginia for every year of scholarship support.
- What is a high need school division?
The Noyce Program recognizes any district as “high-need” if it has at least one high-need school in it. Noyce teaching commitments can be fulfilled in a Virginia school district defined to fall within one of the following three high need categories:
- A school system in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced-price lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 I.S.C. 1751 et seq.)
- A school system in which: (i) 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 a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) 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 a graduate degree in the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
- A school system whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.
- Who can apply?
Sophomores and rising juniors from the University of Lynchburg as well as community college transfer students can apply for the scholarship. Transfer students must also be formally admitted to the University. Admissions are rolling, and acceptance is for both junior and senior years as long as eligibility requirements are maintained. Preference will be given to full-time undergraduate students.
- How many Noyce Scholars can be funded?
The grant provides funding for a total of 22 Noyce Scholars during the 2019-2024 grant time frame.
- What are the eligibility requirements for the scholarship?
- be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents
- major in a STEM education
- have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum STEM GPA of 3.0
- complete and submit a Noyce Scholarship application
- plan to complete entry requirements for the University of Lynchburg’s Educator Preparation Program.
- What support is available for Noyce Scholars?
Students will be guided by two faculty advisors, the Noyce Pathway Coordinator, and also have an experienced STEM teacher as a mentor throughout the program and continuing into their teaching career. In addition, a series of eight workshops will be provided during the junior and senior years which focus on methods and strategies for teaching students with special needs or diverse backgrounds.
- Does the Noyce Scholarship impact financial aid awards?
The Noyce Scholarship is awarded in addition to merit scholarships and other financial aid during the student’s junior and senior years at the University of Lynchburg. This scholarship can cover other costs of attendance as needed beyond tuition.
- How can I obtain more information?