FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of the program?
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is funded by the National Science Foundation, with the goal to recruit individuals with strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) backgrounds into secondary teaching careers.

Who is eligible?
Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled at CWRU or Fisk University majoring in mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply.

What are the academic requirements?
CWRU applicants must work towards an Ohio teaching license. Fisk University students must work towards a Tennessee teaching license. Recipients must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above and a GPA of 2.7 in content area courses. Recipients must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in education courses.

What are the restrictions pertaining to any prior legal convictions?
Applicants must be able to pass the FBI and BCI background checks required to teach in Ohio. Applicants must not have any felony convictions.

What is the amount of the Noyce scholarship?
CWRU students are eligible for two years of scholarship at $30,000 per year or a total of $60,000. Fisk University students are eligible for one year of scholarship at $18,000.   CWRU juniors who begin the program in January of their junior year will receive $15,000 for that year and $30,000 for their senior year.

How will this affect my financial aid package?
Students who are considering an application for funding from the NSF Noyce Scholarship may have questions concerning the treatment of this resource in terms of need-based or merit-based assistance. The University allows educational funding received from an external source to meet unmet need and then replace the loan and/or work portion of a student’s need-based award before any institutional gift aid is withdrawn. The Noyce Scholarship and University scholarships are restricted to tuition, and the University reserves the right to reduce a recipient’s academic award if the combination of the two scholarships exceeds the annual tuition rate.

Can Noyce scholarship money be used for room, board, or incidental expenses?
No. Noyce scholarship money can only be applied to tuition expenses.

What commitments must students make?
Award recipients must commit to two (2) years of teaching in a “high needs” school district for each year of scholarship accepted within eight [8] years of graduation. CWRU students beginning the program in the Spring semester of their junior year are obligated to teach for three years total if they also accept scholarship funding for their senior year. If a candidate fails to complete this obligation, he or she must repay all funds granted during the program. Recipients must also agree to participate in assessments, seminars, and required meetings during the length of the scholarship and during their first two years of employment.

What is a high-needs district?
The National Science Foundation defines "high-needs" school districts on the basis of the following criteria: 1) student participation in free or reduced priced lunch programs, 2) level of teacher preparation, and 3) teacher attrition rates. To be identified as a "high needs" school, the school must meet at least one of these criteria.

How does the Noyce Scholarship Program work?
The CWRU/Fisk Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program has four components.

  • Summer internships for students completing their first and second years of study. Students will live in Cleveland and work in an education setting for four weeks. Interns will receive a $1700 stipend.
  • During the junior year, Noyce recipients will spend time at an area high school observing and interacting with a Master Teacher in math or science. The recipient will also engage in a “Reflective Triad” with the teacher, student and a CWRU faculty member in the specific discipline. The three will meet at regular intervals to discuss teaching strategies and content issues. Noyce recipients will also meet as a cohort group to discuss relevant teaching issues with peers.
  • Recipients will declare Education as a second major and complete the CWRU Teacher Education Program which leads to recommendation for an Ohio Teaching License. Fisk University students will complete their program of study and licensing requirements at Fisk.
  • An in-service mentoring program will support new teachers during their first two years in the classroom.

Must summer interns commit to applying for the Noyce scholarships?
No. The summer internships are an opportunity for CWRU and Fisk students to spend time working with school-age children to see if teaching might be a good career choice. Successful Noyce summer interns will have preference in the application process.

What is the application process?
The CWRU Noyce Scholarship Selection Committee selects CWRU scholars annually through a highly competitive application, selection, and interview process. Students must submit the completed application form and reference letters by March 1, 2013; TBD for mid-year juniors. A Fisk University Noyce Scholarship Selection Committee selects Fisk scholars. Fisk students matriculate at CWRU for their junior year under the agreement established for the Fisk/CWRU exchange. Award recipients will be announced in April 2013.   Mid-year juniors can expect to hear by mid-December.

In what licensure areas would Noyce recipients be eligible to teach?
Noyce program completers will be eligible to attain an Ohio Teaching License (AYA grades 7-12) in one of the following areas: Mathematics, Integrated Life Sciences (Biology major), Physical Sciences (Dual field: chemistry and physics major), Chemistry, or Physics.

Who is Robert Noyce?
Robert Noyce (1927-1990) was a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) and Intel (1968). He invented the integrated circuit or silicon microchip, which revolutionized the computer industry and gave Silicon Valley its name.