The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Noyce Students

Pictured from left to right are Brianna McGregor, Kirsten Roberts, and Amanda "Mandy" Montgomery

Access a Noyce Scholarship Application 

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship has been awarded to three students for Spring 2015. The program offers $15,000 to encourage talented undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees to earn a teaching credential and commit to teach in high-need school districts. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the program is in its fifth year. The scholarship is available to NAUTeach undergraduate students and Master of Arts Teaching Science with Certification (MAT-S) graduate students during their final year of coursework. Since its inception, 42 students have received the award and have been deemed “Noyce Fellows”. After graduation, Fellows participate in an induction program for support during their first years of teaching to promote retention. The Spring 2015 Undergraduate Noyce Fellows are: Brianna McGregor, Amanda Montgomery, and Kirsten Roberts.
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The Noyce Scholarship Track supports scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts. The Northern Arizona Noyce Scholarship:

  • Is available to NAUTeach undergraduate students pursuing a degree in secondary math and/or science teaching during their final year of coursework (i.e. last semester of coursework and student teaching semester)
  • Is available to MAT-S graduate students during their final year of coursework (i.e. last semester of coursework and student teaching semester)
  • Supports 56 science and mathematics teacher candidates with a $15,000 one-year stipend or scholarship (scholarship awarded $7,500 for last semester of coursework and $7,500 for student teaching semester)
  • Requires recipients to enroll in the two-year Noyce Induction program upon graduation
  • Requires recipients to be responsible for the tuition of the Noyce Induction Program
  • Requires recipients to teach for two years in a high-need school within the first 8 years after graduation for NAUTeach scholarship recipients and within 4 years of graduation for MAT-S recipients (see application for definition of "high need") 

All applications for the Noyce Scholarship must be submitted electronically via the Google Form, with supplemental documents provided via email. Apply for the scholarship one year prior to student teaching. For example, if you are student teaching Fall 2016, please apply for the scholarship Fall 2015. Fall applications are due mid-October each year. Spring applications are due mid-March each year. Look for flyers in CSTL and/or contact TSM instructors for exact dates, and check our website for updates.

Please access the Noyce Application here or paste into your browser. After submitting your application, please ask TWO references to submit Noyce Recommendation Forms on your behalf. Letters of recommendation will not be considered. Only Noyce Recommendation Forms will be reviewed. One form must be completed by an NAU faculty member and the other can be completed by anyone familiar with your experiences working with kids, work ethic, and commitment to STEM education related to your current degree program (such as a cooperating teacher). The form is available here or paste into your browser. Please note the Noyce committee reserves the right to talk to your instructors about your suitability as a Noyce scholarship recipient.

After submitting this form and requesting TWO recommendation forms, please email the following to

  1. Unofficial transcripts from college-level institutions documenting progress toward degree completion (MAT-S students: please submit undergraduate transcript as well). 
  2. Current NAU Financial Aid Award Letter or letter stating that you have not applied for financial aid. 



Am I limited to teaching in Arizona or can I teach anywhere?
You can teach anywhere in the USA, as long as it is considered a “high need school.”
What is a “high need school”?
The term " a high-need local educational agency" as defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021) means a local educational agency (school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:
(A) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;

(B) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or

(C) a high teacher turnover rate.
Must I demonstrate financial need to apply?

Anyone can apply, but preference is given to those who demonstrate financial need. As part of the application one must list current financial aid received, or a letter stating they did not receive any financial aid.

Can I apply more than once?
There is no limit on the number of times one applies, but it will only be awarded once. Remember, you are only eligible during your last year of coursework (e.g. last semester of classes and student teaching semester).
If I am awarded a scholarship, do I have to take other classes before I graduate?
No other coursework is required before graduation. You must enroll in a two year Noyce Induction program during your first two years teaching, and you are responsible for tuition and fees for that program.
I am a senior. Can I apply?

Eligible applicants must apply 1 year (2 semesters) prior to student teaching (e.g. apply Fall 2012 for student teaching Fall 2015; apply Spring 2016 for student teaching Spring 2015). Half of the scholarship is awarded during your last semester of courses prior to student teaching. The other half is awarded during the semester you student teach.

For more information regarding the Noyce Scholarship Application, please email

The Noyce Induction

Noyce Fellows will be required to enroll in a two-year induction program upon graduation. The Noyce Induction Program:

  • Provides continued training and support for Noyce fellows
  • Spans two academic years
  • Features both face to face and distance-delivery formats
  • Includes a three year membership to a science or mathematics teacher professional association meeting
  • Provides financial support to attend a state or regional teacher professional association meeting
  • The Noyce Induction program tuition and fees will be the responsibility of the NOYCE Fellows; it is recommended that Fellows set aside these funds from their initial scholarship

The Noyce Internship

If you are a freshman or sophomore student at Northern Arizona University who has expressed an interest in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) subjects, then the  Noyce Internship Program may be an excellent opportunity for you. The Noyce Internship Program:

  • Takes place over summer break
  • Offers you a chance to observe and engage in science and mathematics teaching with K-12 youth
  • Provides a $15 per hour stipend
Click here to discover more about The Noyce Internship program.