This financial opportunity is funded through the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant Program.
Students will receive a stipend (or forgivable loan) of $18,000 cover costs of tuition, books, travel, and other expenses associated with enrollment in the UWRF STEMteach program. Repayment of the stipend amount is excused if recipients meet certain requirements after completing their program of study.
Eligibility to Apply:
- Admitted to the STEMteach program.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (or has been granted an exception through appeal).
- Stipend recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens.
- Provide two letters of recommendation that address a candidate's teaching disposition, work ethic and ability to communicate.
- Complete an essay in response to the prompt, "What makes you a candidate who is eligible for this prestigious award?"
- Submit your résumé.
- Email all documents as .pdf attachments to email@example.com with the subject: "(Your last name) Noyce Application."
Candidates may apply beginning April 1. Preliminary awards will be made beginning June 15 and will continue, contingent on space remaining in the cohort and availability of funds.
Eligibility to Receive the Loan
- Be a student “in good standing” academically.
- Received a grade of B or better in both UTCH 701 and UTCH 702.
- Submitted a passing score on at least one approved content exam.
- Reviewed and signed the loan agreement by the first week of fall term.
The university will transfer the stipends to the student’s tuition account three times in the year, on dates coinciding with tuition payment due dates. Students will receive the first installment after the university receives the passing scores from a content exam to ensure that only candidates who are eligible to complete the licensure program (and the service commitment) receive stipend funds.
Conditions for Loan Forgiveness:
- Provide documentation of annual certification of employment for four years or until teaching service commitment is completed.
- Participation in activities (including surveys) conducted by the National Science Foundation and UWRF.
- Complete the two-year teaching commitment in STEM classrooms at a “high need” school district* within four years of licensure.
Instead of meeting the above conditions, students may repay the stipend as a loan. The amount due would be full or prorated, depending on the duration of the teaching commitment completed.
*A high-need school district is defined as one that has:
- at least one school where more than one-third of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch; or
- at least one school where at least 15 percent of the staff do not hold an academic degree in the subject that they teach; or
- at least one school with teacher attrition rates of 15 percent or higher.
UWRF will support students in finding teaching positions in qualifying high-need districts.