Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
AboutThe Robert Noyce Scholarship program, named for the co-inventor of the semiconductor and co-founder of Intel, is a partnership grant from the National Science Foundation for science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) majors.
The program aims to meet the growing local and national need for better-qualified teaching professionals in the STEM fields. The program also seeks to channel these teachers into local districts with high-need students.
SPU’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program began in September 2006 as a result of a proposal led by Department of Physics Chair John Lindberg. The program supports SPU students working toward an initial science or math teacher preparation program. Undergraduate students may receive one-year scholarships of up to $10,000, which may be reapplied for and renewed for a second year. Graduate students may be eligible for a one-year maximum stipend of $10,000.
Following graduation, Noyce scholars spend two years teaching science or mathematics in Seattle Public Schools (or other high-need districts) for each year they were a Noyce award recipient.
A primary objective of SPU’s program is to increase the diversity of the teacher workforce in the Northwest. This diverse pool of candidates, serving in high-need school districts, provides students with role models who are both proficient in the STEM fields and from traditionally underrepresented populations.
Which School Districts Qualify as “High Need”?To qualify as “high need” according to the National Science Foundation for the purposes of the Robert Noyce Grant requirements, a school district must meet one of the following criteria:
Do I Have to Teach in Washington?Noyce Scholars are encouraged to teach in Washington state, though it is not required.
Download a list of school districts in Washington that meet the high-need standard. (236 KB PDF)
“There is nothing more rewarding than to experience a student’s realization of a previously abstract concept — one they never thought they could understand.”
Leah Safstrom, 2008–09 Noyce Scholar