Scholarship Requirements Feature
Scholarship Amount and Duration

Students who are selected as Noyce Scholars will be awarded $14,000 for one year. This amount will cover full in-state tuition for two semesters, plus partial textbooks and fees, based on current year average costs of attendance. 

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Students who are eligible for Noyce scholarships have been admitted into the College of Education and are on track to becoming a secondary science or mathematics teacher.  The secondary license is certification to teach grades 6-12.  Students who are pursuing middle school licensure through the Middle Grades Education major are not eligible because Noyce scholars must have a major in one of the science or mathematics disciplines.

  1. Applicants must show an interest in teaching through participation in formal and informal STEM education activities.

  2. Applicants must be admitted to teacher education and make satisfactory and timely progress through the secondary science or mathematics education program. 

  3. Scholarship recipients must participate in co-curricular meetings and events that are part of the program. These will include professional development opportunities and other community-building activities that are designed to prepare you for becoming an excellent Science or Math educator.

  4. To be eligible for a JMU Noyce Scholarship, applicants must have a GPA of 2.7 or better and maintain that GPA as they progress through the program.

  5. Those who are awarded Noyce Scholarships must teach in a high-needs school district for two years for every year of scholarship funding received. A high-needs district is one that includes at least one school that meets NSF's definition of high-needs criteria. See the block below for more information.

  6. Noyce Scholars are expected to participate in mentoring, induction activities, and other support during their first two years of teaching.

For more information, email Dr. Kerry Cresawn,

What is a High Needs School District?

The National Science Foundation, which funds the JMU Noyce Scholarship Program, defines high-need school district as meeting at least one of the following criteria: 
  1. Has at least one school in which 50% or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program.
  2. Has at least one school in which -
    1. More than 34% 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
    2. More than 34% 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.
  3. Has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.
How do I Apply?
  • The scholarship application is now open and can be found here
  • When working on the application, we recommend that you construct your answers to the open-ended questions in a format such as MS Word that you can save and come back to. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste your answers into the appropriate spaces.
  • As you develop your application materials, we encourage you to look over our application review rubric to make sure you are compiling a competitive application.
  • You will also be required to list two references and have each of them complete and submit this form
  • All materials are due by February 15, 2023.
  • Candidates may be asked to schedule an interview to occur between February 20 and March 3.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 23.

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