Q) For every year of scholarship funding, I need to teach two years in a "high-needs" school. What does this mean, and what schools qualify?
A) As a Noyce scholarship recipient, you need to work in a district that meets one of the following criteria:
- The district has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42U.S.C.1751 et seq.).
- The district has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
- The district has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or greater over the last three school years.
You may work in any school within a high-needs district, even if the school itself does not meet the above criteria. Most districts in Colorado are considered "high needs", but ultimately, it is up to you determine if a district you're interested in working in qualifies. District websites, the Colorado Department of Education website, and the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory provide most of the relevant data.
Q) I am pursuing an ISM (individually structured major) for seconday science teaching. Do I qualify for the scholarship?
The National Science Foundation requires that Noyce Scholarship Recipients earn a degree in science or math. If you are currently an ISM and are interested in applying for a Noyce Scholarship, you would need to change to a science major (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, GES, engineering) to be eligible. Please contact Erin Howe or your advisor for more information.