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A $1.45 million grant from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation provides funding for Catawba’s Noyce Scholars program. This program, which can provide scholarships of $18,000 a year for two years, helps prepare STEM (Science, Technology, Environmental Science, and Mathematics) majors for teaching careers.

Benefits of the Noyce Scholars Program:

  • Scholarships
    $18,000/year for 2 years (junior and senior year OR senior and 1 year post-bacc.).
  • Major in a STEM discipline (biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics).
  • Minor in Secondary Education
  • A weekend "Leadership Retreat" to develop leadership skills important in teaching
  • Mentoring program with an exceptional practicing teacher
  • A paid summer internship in an industrial or academic laboratory
  • Travel to professional conferences and workshops
  • Continued support after graduation

Juniors and seniors majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental science and mathematics and minoring in secondary education, who have demonstrated exceptional academic merit and have financial need , will be given priority consideration in their Noyce Scholars application. Students may apply during their sophomore years, but if a student decides to pursue a career in STEM education during their junior year, he or she may apply for a scholarship for senior year and one year post-baccalaureate to complete professional education courses.

Upon selection, students receiving scholarships will be required to sign an agreement to complete a major in a STEM discipline and complete the teacher education program to gain licensure. They must agree to work for two years in a high needs school district for every one year of scholarship support and complete this required service within eight years of graduation. If these requirements are not met, the scholarship (prorated for service performed) will be converted into a federal loan that must be repaid.

To maintain the scholarship for the second year of eligibility, Noyce Scholars must maintain an appropriate GPA, make adequate progress toward degree completion by the end of the scholarship award period, participate in the programmatic events of the program, including Leadership Retreat, Mentoring Program, Research Internship, and other professional development activities, and complete all necessary evaluations and surveys.

Noyce Scholars engage in activities that build social and cultural capital in the profession of education, providing a support network for retention and success during their training and careers in teaching. These activities include a cohort-building retreat and a Mentoring Program, where Scholars will engage in field experiences in the classroom of a highly-effective teacher in Rowan-Salisbury School (RSS), the local public school system, to familiarize the Scholar with culture of public education. The Mentoring programming has the added benefit of developing a social network that supports the Scholars during their induction years.

Following graduation and to support the Scholars during their induction into teaching, they receive continued mentoring and financial support. As classroom teachers , Noyce Scholars receive funds to attend a state STEM education conference and to purchase classroom supplies.


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