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Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education

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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 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 2022-23 and 2023-24 Academic Years

Currently not accepting applications


Need more information? Please email noyce-science@calpoly.edu or contact:


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1852738.

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