William and Mary School of Education

Noyce Scholars Program

Interested in the NSF Noyce Scholars Program?

This program is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in teaching math or science. The application process and deadlines differ for undergraduate and graduate students.  Requirements are described below.

More details can also be found on the W&M Noyce Scholars website.

Noyce Application for Graduate and Undergraduate Students [pdf]

science studentsUNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
What are the benefits?
  • $10,000 per year in scholarship support
  • Up to $3,600 toward a summer internship in research or math/science education.  Noyce Scholars who wish to conduct a summer internship should contact Austin Pryor -alpryo@email.wm.edu.
  • A list of available internships can be found on the TCT website, a sister program of the Noyce Scholars.
  • Training and experiences for a teaching certification in science or mathematics (grades 6-12)
What are the expectations of the fellowship?
  • To take courses to earn your teaching certification in a science or mathematics
  • To take the 1-credit course, "How Students Learn"
  • To stay in contact with the W&M School of Education after graduation
  • For each year of scholarship support, to teach for two years in a "high-need"* school district (within six years of graduation if accepting one year of support; within eight years of graduation if accepting two years of support), OR to repay the amount of the Scholarship support**
Acceptance in the National Science Foundation Noyce Scholars Program at the College of William & Mary requires:
  • Admission to the W&M Noyce Scholars program - Noyce Application [pdf]. Noyce applications for undergraduates are due February 24th.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant's personal, ethical, and academic or professional qualifications for this program. It is suggested that the applicant present a combination of professional, academic, and personal references. The written references will be used exclusively for purposes of admission to the Noyce program.
  • A personal essay describing the applicant's career aspirations and why the applicant has decided to seek admission to the program. The essay should describe the applicant's past experiences, both academic and volunteer or work-related, that are relevant to becoming a mathematics or science teacher as well as the professionalism and perspectives that the applicant will bring to the program. In support of candidacy, the applicant should also provide additional information concerning such areas as leadership potential, collaborative skills, and propensity to engage in reflective practice. 
  • Eventual admission to and enrollment in the William & Mary School of Education. For undergraduates, the time of application to the SOE will depend on whether they are pursuing a teaching license as part of their undergraduate degree, pursuing a 5th year Master’s degree, or pursuing a standard Master’s degree. Visit the SOE Admissions webpage for details.

* High Need is defined by the National Science Foundation as a local educational agency that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area in which one of the following conditions is met:

  1. A high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  2. A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; OR
  3. A high teacher turnover rate.

** There is an allowance for extreme hardship or other circumstances in which it would not be in the best interests of the school district or not feasible for the scholarship/stipend recipient to fulfill the service obligation.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:
What are the benefits?
  • $10,000 in scholarship support for the one year William & Mary secondary education graduate program
  • Up to $3,600 toward a summer internship in research or math/science education. Noyce Scholars who wish to conduct a summer internship should contact Austin Pryor - alpryo@email.wm.edu.   A list of available internships can be found on the TCT website, a sister program of the Noyce Scholars.”
  • Training and experiences for a teaching certification in science or mathematics (grades 6-12)
What are the expectations of the fellowship?
  • To take courses to earn your teaching certification in a science or mathematics
  • To take the course, "How Students Learn"
  • To stay in contact with the W&M School of Education after graduation
  • To teach for two years in a "high-need"* school district within six years of graduation, OR to repay the amount of the Scholarship support**
math prof
For a Graduate Scholarship, acceptance in the National Science Foundation Noyce Scholars Program at the College of William & Mary requires:
  • Admission to the School of Education - Admissions Application Graduate applicants will normally apply for the Noyce Scholarship as part of their School of Education application, due in mid-January. Contact Dr. Paul Heideman- [[pdheid]] with questions.
  • Admission to the W&M Noyce Scholars program - Noyce Application [pdf]
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher

* High Need is defined by the National Science Foundation as a local educational agency that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area in which one of the following conditions is met:

  1. A high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  2. A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; OR
  3. A high teacher turnover rate.

** There is an allowance for extreme hardship or other circumstances in which it would not be in the best interests of the school district or not feasible for the scholarship/stipend recipient to fulfill the service obligation.

Contact:

Paul Heideman- [[pdheid]], Professor of Biology
Millington Hall, Room 106
(757) 221-2239