Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, a collaboration between KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the School of Education (SoE), responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM undergraduate and graduate students to pursue teaching careers in Kansas and nationwide.

Eligibility Guidelines

Specifically, the Noyce Scholarship Program provides support for:

  • Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens, must be majoring in mathematics, engineering, or a science discipline, and must be enrolled in 12 or more hours at KU, and in the last 2 years of a KU baccalaureate degree program and the UKanTeach program for teacher licensure.
  • Stipend recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens who hold a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree in science, mathematics, or engineering, enrolled in the KU School of Education Graduate Licensure Program, and enrolled in 9 or more hours at KU.
  • Scholarship and Stipend recipients are required to have and maintain a 3.00 GPA.

Award Amounts and Service Requirements

Each undergraduate student can receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for two years (maximum $20,000), assuming satisfactory academic progress. Recipients of scholarships must commit to completion of two years of service as a mathematics or science teacher for each year the scholarship is received. Service must be completed within 8 years after graduation from or completion of the program for which the scholarship was awarded and must be performed in a high-need local educational agency as defined below.

Each graduate student can receive a one-year stipend of $10,000. Recipients of stipends must commit to serving two years as mathematics or science teacher in a high-need local educational agency, as defined below, within 4 years after graduation or completion of the program for which the stipend was awarded.

The term “high need local educational agency” as defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021), means a district that serves an elementary or secondary school that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  1. It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.).
  2. It has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  3. It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years. How to Locate Schools for Noyce Service Requirement

All students will be obligated to repay the amount they recieved if unable to meet the service requirement in the given period of time.

Additional benefits for Noyce Scholars and Stipend Recipients

Opportunity for professional development travel support. Noyce Scholars/Recipients will be encouraged to present at state or national conferences. Funding up to $500 per academic year will be provided to support this professional development opportunity.

Opportunity for paid internships (undergraduate students only). These internships pay $10/hour to work at a non-profit organization during the academic year. This opportunity is limited and will be available at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Application Information

Online applications for academic year 2012-2013 are currently being accepted from undergraduate and graduate students who meet the eligibility guidelines above. Priority will be given to applications recieved by Monday, April 30, 2012. Accepted awards will be disbursed through the KU Financial Aid Office based upon eligibility requirements and contingent upon availability of funding.

  • Submit online application (recommend using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome if you desire a printed copy of your application),, and
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (not a UKanTeach master teacher, GLP advisor or School of Education faculty member) who can speak to your understanding of your chosen content discipline. The recommendation can be sent VIA CAMPUS MAIL to Center for Science Education, Attn: bdaa, 3078 Dole Human Development Center, or EMAILED to

If you have any additional questions please call 785.864.2270 or email

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