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The Hofstra Noyce Scholarship & Stipend Programs

Funded by the National Science Foundation

  • The Robert Noyce Program

    The Robert Noyce Program

    The Hofstra Noyce Scholarship & Stipend Programs seek to increase the number of qualified and effective science and mathematics teachers in high-need school districts. The programs are a partnership among Hofstra's School of Education, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS), Nassau Community College and four local public school districts: Freeport,   Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Noyce programs provide scholarship funding and a variety of benefits such as research opportunities and a summer institute stipend to both undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients are required to teach in any high-need school district in the country for two years, for each year of the award. This commitment must be fulfilled within six years of graduation. The high-need designation applies to many districts throughout the United States – large, small, urban and rural – and students may teach at the middle or high school level.

  • What is a High-Need District?

    What is a High-Need District?

    The National Science Foundation defines a high-need school district as one that meets at least one of the following criteria:

    • It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free or reduced price lunch program.
    • It 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 a 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 of the 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.
    • It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.
  • Terms for Undergraduate Student Scholarships

    Eligibility Requirements:

    An applicant must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
    • Be accepted to the School of Education with a co-major in Mathematics Education or Science Education.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Agree to teach secondary mathematics or science (grades 7-12) in a high-need school district for at least two years for each year of scholarship support.


    Scholarship Award Benefits:

    • Up to $20,000 scholarship per academic year
    • Enhanced advisement
    • Field placement in high-need school district with school-based mentor
    • Research opportunities
    • Workshops and conference attendance opportunities
    • Stipend for participating in a one-week summer institute
  • Terms for Graduate Student Stipends

    Eligibility Requirements:

    An applicant must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
    • Be accepted to one of the following programs
      • MSEd in Science Education
      • MSEd in Mathematics Education
      • MSEd in Inclusive Secondary Special Education with a concentration in Science or Mathematics
      • Adv. Cert. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Science or Mathematics
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Agree to teach secondary mathematics or science (grades 7-12) in a high-need school district for at least two years for each year of stipend support.


    Graduate Award Benefits:

    • Tuition stipend of up to $24,200 per academic year
    • Enhanced advisement
    • Field placement in a high-need school district with a school-based mentor
    • Research opportunities
    • Workshops and conference attendance opportunities
    • Stipend for participating in a one-week summer institute
  • Robert Noyce Program Requirements

    In addition to the undergraduate and graduate eligibility requirements listed above, all Noyce Scholars are required to:

    • Obtain their teaching certification at Hofstra University.
    • Meet with faculty advisors at least once a month.
    • Work closely with assigned mentors.
    • Participate in all Noyce program activities.
  • Application Procedure

    All applicants are required to:

    • Complete and sign the application form.
    • Write a personal statement (2-3 pages) describing educational and career goals. The following should be addressed:
      • Interest in and commitment to science and mathematics education.
      • Motivation for teaching in a high-need school environment.
      • Characteristics of effective science and mathematics teaching techniques, based on your experience.
    • Provide official copies of all university/college transcripts.
    • Provide two sealed letters of reference (see forms on website).
    • Have a FAFSA on file with Hofstra University’s Office of Student Financial Services.
    • Provide a resume of extracurricular activities and related experiences.
    • Complete a Contract of Responsibilities form.
  • Resources

    Some high-need schools

    nysed.gov

  • Contact Information

    For more information, please contact:

    Dr. Behailu Mammo, Director
    Associate Professor, Mathematics
    311 Roosevelt Hall
    130 Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY 11549-1030
    Phone: 516-463-8693
    Email