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The Noyce Scholarship Program is designed for students majoring in STEM interested in making an impact through teaching.  Aiming to respond to the critical need for secondary science and mathematics teachers, the program provides holistic support through scholarship, mentorship and professional development opportunities. 

What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  At MSU Denver the following majors are eligible to pursue secondary education:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

I have always thought about teaching, where do I begin?

In order to be formally admitted to the School of Education at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate level, all prospective students must complete or meet the following requirements:

  • Meet with the appropriate advisor(s) - see the Admissions Handbook for details.
  • Read and review the Admissions Handbook (click the red button below).
  • Complete the online application.

Check out the School of Education’s webpage to learn more and to begin your journey towards becoming a teacher.

How much is the Scholarship?

The amount of the Scholarship ranges from $5,000 to $8,000 per semester.  If the scholar is not in their student teaching semester, the amount received is $5,000. If one is student teaching it is $8,000.

How long can I receive the Scholarship?

A Scholar can receive the Scholarship for a maximum of four semesters (equivalent to two academic years of full time enrollment).

What do I need in order to continue in the program?

Each semester of support after the first semester is dependent on the Recipient maintaining good academic progress (minimum 2.75 GPA) and requirements of the U-STEM program. 

Also, Scholars currently not in their student teaching semester will be highly encouraged to perform 40-50 hours of professional development in order to continue as a scholar in future semesters.  These hours can be a combination of activities such as tutoring, serving as a Learning Assistant or attending advising meetings.  There is no set ratio for these categories but we do encourage a well-rounded experience for both capacity building and for strengthening one's resume.   For more information about professional development opportunities, check out our resource page here.

What are the conditions upon receiving the Scholarship?

As a requirement of receiving funds, All Noyce Scholars agree upon graduating from MSU Denver, and completing the MSU Denver Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program, to teach in a high-needs local educational agency for a minimum duration of one year for each semester of Scholarship funds received.

Subsequently, the MSU Denver Noyce U-STEM Scholarship will be considered a loan that must be repaid according to the terms of the Scholarship Agreement and Promissory Note if the Recipient fails to satisfy the requirements of the program for which the Scholarship was awarded.

What is a "High-Needs School"?

The term "high-needs local educational agency" means a local educational agency that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area in which there is:

    • A high percentage 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
    • A high teacher turnover rate

Worried about limitations?  Sadly, there are 371 high-needs schools in Colorado alone. Click here for a directory of all the high-needs schools.

 

 

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