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Frequently Asked Questions

The Noyce U-STEM Scholarship Program is designed for students majoring in STEM who are 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. Following is some general information on the Noyce U-STEM scholarship program. 

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 educator.

How much is the Scholarship?

The amount of the Scholarship ranges from $5,000 to $8,000 per semester for up to four semesters of support. If the Scholar is not in their student teaching semester, the amount received is $5,000. Scholars who are student teaching are eligible to receive $8,000. The funds are awarded to the scholar to meet their academic costs as well as living or other expenses incurred as a student during the semester of the award.

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 are the requirements to continue in the programs as a Noyce U-STEM Scholar?

  • Each semester of support, after the first semester, is dependent on the Scholar maintaining good academic progress (minimum 2.75 GPA) 
  • Attendance at the Noyce U-STEM Scholar meeting
    • This is a mandatory meeting held once a semester
  • Advising with both Dr.Johnson and the appropriate Science or Math teamadvisor
  • Meeting with the Student Success Professional twice a semester is the minimum expectation. The Student Success Professional is available to provide Noyce U-STEM Scholars with additional individualized support throughout their program participation, and beyond. 
  • Schedule and participate in an observation of a Noyce U-STEM Teacher (Alumni) or of a field placement mentor teacher utilizing the AST Observation Tool (Provided).
  • Attend at least one Noyce U-STEM sponsored event per semester
    • Fall 2019 Noyce U-STEM events
      • Mock Interview Workshop: October 16th, 4-6pm, SI 3015*
      • Denver Classroom Teachers Association Informational Session: November 12th, 4-6pm, SI 3004
        *An appointment with Career Services, Resume Cafe or related event does qualify if a scholar is not able to attend, this is by prior arrangement
    • Spring 2020 Noyce U-STEM sponsored or recommended events
      • Financial Fitness - Navigating Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment: February 6, 2020, 4-5pm, TBD
      • 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference: A Symposium of Scholarly Works and Creative Projects: April 24, 2020 
  • 40-50 hours of professional development opportunities (For Scholars currently not in their student teaching semester)

**Noyce U-STEM sponsored events and advising appointments do count toward professional development hours.  For more information regarding professional development opportunities, please check out the bi-weekly newsletters, visit this webpage or connect with the Student Success Professional. 

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"?

There is understandably some confusion about what defines a "high-needs educational agency."  Sadly, there are at least 371 schools that meet the criteria of a high-needs school in Colorado alone. At this time, there is only one county in Colorado that does not have a school within its boundaries that meets this designation. As a Noyce U-STEM Scholar we will work with you to locate a school/district that meets the scholarship requirements while providing growth opportunities for you as a STEM educator. For a directory of schools currently considered high-needs click here.

The definition of the term "high-needs local educational agency" means a local educational agency, school or district, 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

If you have further questions, need more clarification or would like to apply, please reach out to any of the Noyce U-STEM team listed above. 

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