The Robert Noyce Scholarship

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The Robert Noyce Scholarship

UTeach Natural Sciences would like to thank the National Science Foundation for this grant. We have now expended all funding (including promised funds for Fall 2019) and are no longer taking applications. Recipients must meet the service obligation. Details are below. Recipients may send questions to the Noyce Scholarship Coordinator.

Service Obligation

Noyce funding comes in the form of a forgivable loan. For each semester of funding received, recipients agree to complete 2 semesters of service as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency. Recipients are not required to teach in Texas.

A high-need local educational agency is defined as an agency (for example, a school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:

  • a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  • a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or
  • a high teacher turnover rate

Because populations fluctuate, there is no comprehensive, up-to-date list of high-need districts available. In general, school districts serving areas such as Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Manor, etc. meet the requirement; however, a number of smaller, rural areas do as well. Districts that are Title I eligible also meet the requirement.

Time Frame for Completion

  • Undergraduates must fulfill the service requirement within 8 years after completion of the UTeach Natural Sciences program.
  • Degree-holders must fulfill the service requirement within 4 years after completion of the UTeach Natural Sciences program.

Recipients also agree to:

  • respond to survey requests
  • maintain contact so that the UTeach program is able to document the fulfillment of the teaching service obligation as required by the National Science Foundation

Funding reverts to a loan that must be repaid if the recipient:

  • fails to maintain the required level of academic standing (3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 cumulative UTeach GPA)
  • is dismissed from the program or institution for disciplinary reasons
  • withdraws from the program before the completion
  • declares the intent not to meet the service obligation
  • fails to fulfill the teaching service commitment

If any of these circumstances arise before the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the total amount of the funds received must be repaid. If the circumstance arises after the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the amount to be repaid is:

  • Undergraduates - a proportion of the total scholarship awards received, prorated appropriately to reflect partial service completed
  • Degree-holders - one half of the total amount of the awards received




The Robert Noyce Scholarship (award ID 1557155) is funded by the National Science Foundation.