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.
Angela Lux, '13'- SEU Noyce Scholar
SCHOLAR OF THE MONTH
Ruben Valdovinos Jr. '23 Mathematics
Hi, my name is Ruben Valdovinos Jr and I hope to be an amazing math teacher when I graduate from St.Edwards University. I am from Austin, Texas, and identify as a Latino male. There are two teachers that have made a big impact on my life. Ms.Orosco is the teacher who believed in me and gave me all the confidence I needed in the 5th grade to keep pushing forward. Mr.Cowles is the teacher who inspired me to become a teacher. Having those two incredible teachers in my life, and seeing what they were able to do for me made me want to be the next versions of them.
Noyce Teaching Scholarship Information
The SEU Noyce Teacher Scholars program offers up to $40,000 for SEU incoming juniors and seniors who are currently majoring in Biology, Chemistry, 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. See forgivable loan disclosure statement below for more information about the terms of the scholarship.
- $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.
- 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 3.0 once accepted into program
- 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 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
Institutional Loan Disclosure Statement
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 19502312