Center for Excellence in STEM Education

Noyce Scholars Programs in Mathematics and Science


The Robert Noyce Scholars program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded (DUE 1239827) program to provide scholarships to students who are committed to teaching mathematics and science in high need school districts upon the completion of the credential program at Cal Poly. The main goal of the program is to increase the number of teachers with strong science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) content knowledge in high need school districts. The Cal Poly Noyce Scholars Program offers two scholarship options--a $10,000 scholarship for science teachers and a $12,000 scholarship for mathematics teachers.

Definition of High Need School District

Noyce Scholars commit to teach for two years at any school in a high need district for each year of scholarship funding received. "High need" is defined as a school district with at least one school with:

  • 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 the teachers were trained to teach; OR
  • a high teacher turnover rate.

Science Noyce Phase II Scholars Program

Current juniors or senior science and engineering majors may apply for the Science Noyce scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship provided during the 2016-17 academic year. Some students may be eligible for up to two years of funding.

2016-17 Scholarship Requirements:

  • Commit to teaching science for two years in a high need K-12 school district
  • Participate in monthly Noyce seminars during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years
  • Participate in the STEM Teacher As Researcher (STAR) Program or equivalent paid "teacher-researcher" opportunity prior to completion of science teaching credential

Applications for 2015-16 academic year are now closed. Please check back at the beginning of Fall Quarter, 2016, for information on how to apply for the 2016-17 academic year.


More Information:

Download an informational flyer about the Science Noyce Scholarship (PDF, 128 KB)

Need more information? Please email noyce-science@calpoly.edu.

Learn more about the 2nd Annual Cal Poly Noyce STAR Retreat that took place in July 2015.

Mathematics Noyce Phase II Scholars Program

*Check back in Spring 2016 for more information on the Math Noyce Scholarship*

Current juniors or seniors may apply. Scholarships will be awarded to students entering their final undergraduate year or beginning the credential program at Cal Poly. Applications will be accepted from students with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

Scholarship recipients will receive $12,000 per year!

Application Cover Page
Scholarship Information

The FAFSA should be submitted to the financial aid office at Cal Poly. Please submit all other materials to:

Dr. Todd A. Grundmeier
Cal Poly, Noyce Scolars Program
Mathematics Department
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0403

More Info Regarding Math Noyce Scholarships

Contact Todd Grundmeier

Scholarship Application Checklist

For both the Noyce-Science and Noyce-Mathematics scholarship applications, your application must include:

  • Completed Online Application (Science) or Cover Page (Mathematics)
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Essay describing motivation for and commitment to teaching in a high-need school district
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter addressing academic performance
    • At least one letter addressing potential to teach in a high-need district
  • Report of CSET scores, if applicable, for 1-year mathematics scholarship applicants


 This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0833353, 1340110, 0630419, and 1239827.

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