The mission of the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at St. Edward's University is to recruit, prepare, and support 18 math and science teachers as they develop professional agency to motivate their students to develop both STEM and stewardship skills. Partners include the University of Texas at Austin, Del Valle Independent School District, Breakthrough Collaborative and co.Lab. A unique feature of this project is the inclusion of a micro-credential for Noyce scholars with a Makers Engaged in Social Action (MESA) focus and professional digital portfolio as an artifact for public dissemination.
Becoming a Noyce Scholar has changed my life. I've always thought about teaching, and the opportunities the Noyce Scholarship program has given me are amazing. I've presented at national education conferences, been provided with an experienced mentor teacher to help me in the classroom, and have made friends for life with fellow scholars. - Angie Lux - Former Noyce Scholar
Noyce Teaching Scholarship Information
The SEU Noyce Teacher Scholars program offers up to $20,000 each academic year for SEU incoming juniors and seniors who are currently majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics. The scholarship is awarded as a forgivable loan. Students may accept the award for one or two years, with a two-year commitment to teach as a mathematics or science teacher in a high need school district for each year the award is accepted.
Eligibility Requirements - at the time of award
- full time student at St. Edward's University while receiving the scholarship (i.e., 12 units)
- declared major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
- minimum 3.0 cumulative or in-major GPA
- no more than two years away from graduation (Junior standing)
- commitment to add or already have added a minor in teacher education with the intention to complete teacher certification requirements for a secondary (7-12) mathematics or science certificate
- are not awarded a U.S. Department of Education TEACH Grant
- be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
We seek a diverse pool of candidates and are committed to working with first-generation or under-resourced students. Please contact the program if you have questions.
- maintain an overall minimum GPA of 2.75
- participate in regular Noyce activities, including monthly cohort meetings, STEM Teacher circles, and other community building and outreach activities.
- receive career mentoring and advising each semester
- complete a B.S degree in a math or science field and obtain a Texas teaching credential in 7-12 mathematics, Life Science, Chemistry, or Physics/Mathematics.
- Agree to the two-year commitment as a mathematics or science teacher at a high needs school district for each year the award is accepted
- Attend Induction and other support activities for new teachers, and remain an active member of the Noyce community
- $20,000 annual scholarship, for up to 2 years (the last 2 years in undergraduate program)
- Recognition for outstanding scholarship and commitment to teaching
- Expert teacher preparation with early teaching experience
- Opportunity to explore social justice issues through a maker education micro-credential
- develop personal relationships with mentors in STEM Teacher Circle induction program
- develop a professional network with fellow beginning teachers from across the Austin region.
- be part of the Noyce Alumni network to pay it forward to the next generation of new teachers.
The Noyce Scholars program at St. Edward's began with an initial grant from 2008-2014 and trained 21 math and science teachers in Texas and beyond. Our alumni have taught in Dubai, Australia, and right here in Austin. The initial grant included a teacher support network called the Texas STEM Teachers Circle, which morphed into an induction program with an interdisciplinary focus. Our latest award is scheduled to end in 2025, and we hope to have exceeded our goal of training 18 STEM students with a teacher education minor by that time.