Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

Program Description

Teacher helping two students The Towson University (TU) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program encouraged science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduates (junior and seniors) and graduates to become middle and high school teachers. The program provided funds to support higher education through scholarships or stipends for students who are committed to teaching in high need school districts.

The Noyce Scholarship Program was extremely competitive. Scholarships were awarded to candidates enrolled in the STEM Teacher Education programs, and covered the last two years of pre-service teacher education at TU University.  Scholarships were ideal for current Towson STEM students and community college transfer students.  There were stipends for graduate students who were STEM professionals and who intended to change careers and become STEM teachers.

The TU Noyce Program supported a community of scholars with special faculty guidance, special STEM community activities, quality field experiences in middle or high schools, and ongoing professional development throughout their first years of teaching.

Undergraduate scholars:

The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program provided a scholarship to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students either already enrolled or transferring into a Bachelor's degree STEM teacher preparation program as either a junior or senior. The undergraduate scholarship available generally ranged from a minimum of $10,000 up to the total "cost of attendance" (COA), and it could have been reapplied for and renewed for a second year.

The exact amount of each recipient's scholarship award depended upon the student's financial need as determined by filing a federal FAFSA form.

Graduate Scholars:

The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program provided a graduate stipend to students who already held a STEM Bachelor's degree, who were not certified to teach, and who were returning to TU for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. This award was be for a one-year Robert Noyce stipend of $10,000.

Robert Noyce scholarship and stipend recipients were expected to:

  • Complete their STEM degree within two years.
  • Teach in a high need school district as a certified mathematics or science teacher for two years for each scholarship year.
  • Meet their teaching commitment within six years of completion of the program.

Please Note

If participants were unable to (1) complete their degree and certification programs or (2) meet their Service Requirement, they were required to repay the National Science Foundation (NSF) the amount of their Noyce support. A signed promissory note was required, acknowledging the conditional nature of the scholarship or stipend and stating a promise to repay the funds.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0934751.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
The Jess and Mildred Fisher
College of Science and Mathematics
Smith Hall, Room 360 (campus map)
Phone: 410-704-2121
Fax: 410-704-2604

Benefits of the program
Watch a short video extolling the benefits of being a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar.



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