Noyce FIRST Scholarships
The Robert Noyce Scholars program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded (DUE 1852738) program to provide scholarships to students who are committed to teaching mathematics and science in high need school districts upon the completion of the credential program at Cal Poly. The main goal of the program is to increase the number of teachers with strong science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) content knowledge in high need school districts. The Cal Poly Noyce Program is Call FIRST (Fostering Integrated Responsive Science Teaching). Noyce Scholars will become science or engineering teachers who can cross disciplinary boundaries and create engaging, inclusive classrooms.
Definition of High Need School District
Noyce Scholars commit to teach for two years at any school in a high need district for each year of scholarship funding received. "High need" is defined as a school district with at least one school with:
- a high percentage (>50%) of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
- a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; OR
- a high teacher turnover rate.
Noyce FIRST Scholars Program
Open to current juniors and senior science/engineering majors who are future teachers. Due to federal funding, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. Scholarship support in 2021-20 can be used to complete your undergraduate degree or teaching credential. A second year of scholarship support may be available.
- Commit to teaching science for two years in a high need K-12 school district
- Participate in monthly Noyce seminars during the 2020-21 and 2021-20 Academic Years
Applications due ASAP
Need more information? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
- Biology & General Questions, Ed Himelblau email@example.com
- Chemistry, Seth Bush firstname.lastname@example.org
- Engineering, Jane Lehr email@example.com
- Physics, Chance Hoellwarth firstname.lastname@example.org
- Science Single Subject Credential Program, Nancy Stauch email@example.com
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1852738.