Who can apply for a Noyce Scholarship?
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship is available for US Citizens and Permanent Residents who will be entering juniors or seniors in Fall 2018 (Later for Fall 2019 and Fall 2020). The scholars will receive funding for two years for $14,000 each year (junior and/or senior years). Students applying should be STEM majors or working towards a STEM degree.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
What must I do in return for this funding?
This scholarship requires a teaching commitment at a high-needs school district equal to two years for every year that a scholar receives financial support. The teaching obligation must be completed within eight years of graduating from UNC Charlotte or the scholarship must be repaid. Many schools in North Carolina qualify as “high need local educational agencies”. However, it is your responsibility to verify that your school qualifies.
What is a high-needs district?
The National Science Foundation defines a high-need district as one that meets at least one of the following criteria:
- It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program.
- It has at least one school 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.
- It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.
What is culturally responsive teaching?
According to Gay (2002), “Culturally responsive teaching is defined as using the cultural characteristics, experiences, and perspectives of ethnically diverse students as conduits for teaching them more effectively. It is based on the assumption that when academic knowledge and skills are situated within the lived experiences and frames of reference of students, they are more personally meaningful, have higher interest appeal, and are learned more easily and thoroughly” (p. 106).
Are there any opportunities for summer funding?
There will be multiple enrichment possibilities available during the summer. UNCC CResT Noyce Scholars will be invited to participate (for pay) in summer experiences organized by the UNCC STEM Center, the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district, and other related teaching experiences.
When is the application deadline?
The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019 (same for 2020). You can complete the application process online.
What kind of support is there besides financial?
Each Noyce Scholar will be assigned two mentors during the course of their program. One mentor will be a mathematics education professor and the other mentor will be an experienced middle or secondary mathematics teacher from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. These mentors will collaborate to guide the Noyce Scholar through the program and into his/her first years as a teacher.
Noyce Scholars will have opportunities to travel and present at Noyce Summits. At the Summits the scholars will meet and interact with other Noyce scholars.
What happens if I decide to pursue another profession before I have fulfilled my teaching commitment?
The UNCC CResT Noyce Program seeks students committed to teaching. However, if you are unable to fulfill your teaching commitment within 8 years of graduation you are responsible for repaying a portion of the scholarship equal to the portion of the service obligation that remains unfulfilled. Scholars agree to teach for 2 years in exchange each year of scholarship support, so if a student received 2 years of scholarship, and taught in a high needs district for 2 years, the student would be responsible to repay 1 year of his scholarship, plus applicable interest.
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