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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 four years and eight years of graduation for graduate and undergraduate students, respectively. 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

Alexander Nantsis

Noyce Program Alumnus: Alexander Nantsis

Alexander Nantsis graduated from Hofstra University in May 2017, earning a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics. He was hired by the Westbury School District just three months after graduation. |More|