Robert Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program is designed to help address the nationwide shortage of high-quality teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math, particularly among groups underrepresented in STEM fields.

The program, known as Noyce Scholars, is open to select Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics majors entering their junior year at AU. Noyce Scholars will receive an annual undergraduate scholarship of up to $18,000 for the last two years of their secondary education degree. We are currently accepting applications for the next cohort of Noyce Scholars. The deadline to apply is January 21, 2025. Click here to get started.

Prepare to Make a Difference

As a Noyce Scholar, your experience will include:

  • An annual tuition scholarship for up to $18,000.
  • Mentorship by Noyce Scholars faculty.
  • Academic, career, and personal guidance and support throughout program completion.
  • Leadership opportunities to learn and teach; participate in Noyce Scholar teaching summer experiences, Noyce Teaching Hackathons, and AU STEM Success Matters events; attend STEM Conferences; be a STEM peer tutor; and assist in developing an online resource hub for STEM educators.
  • Opportunities to support and mentor Noyce graduates through classroom experience and networking with experts in STEM and education disciplines.

Interested in applying? 

To be eligible, you must complete an application process and meet NSF criteria, including:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have completed 60 or more hours of credit by the end of spring semester.
  • Be majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics with the goal to teach in secondary schools.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and maintain a 3.0 to remain eligible for the scholarship per NSF guidelines.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Commit to teaching in a high-need school district* for two years for every year the award is received; must be completed within eight years after graduation.

*A high-need school district is defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area that is characterized by at least one of the following: 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 they were trained to teach; and/or a high teacher turnover rate.


Want to become a STEM teacher?

Watch the video below for an overview of the Noyce Scholars program at AU. Haga clic aquí para ver en español.


Contact the Robert Noyce Scholar Program Leadership Team: