Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is the Noyce Teaching Scholarship?
    It is a grant awarded to Lewis University to provide a scholarship, summer stipend, and programmatic support to talented STEM (science [biology, chemistry, physics] and math) majors to become middle and high school math and science teachers. The grant seeks to increase the number of secondary and middle school teachers with strong STEM (biology, chemistry, physics, and math) content knowledge to teach in high-need school districts. 
  2. Who belongs to the Lewis University Noyce Scholarship community?
    Noyce scholars, Lewis University faculty, Joliet Junior College, the College of DuPage, school mentors, and partner schools. In addition, Lewis supports the National Science Foundation which has the same goal of enhancing K-12 science and math education.
  3. Why is it called the Noyce Scholarship?
    Robert Noyce was the co-inventor of the integrated circuit and went on to oversee development of the very first microprocessors at a company he co-founded called Intel. Robert Noyce died in 1990; however, his legacy lives on. The Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program is an act of Congress originally authorized in 2002 and subsequently re-authorized in 2007 and 2010.  The goal of the scholarship is to meet the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.  For more information go to
  4. How much money is awarded through the Noyce Scholarship?
    Scholarship awards vary between $15,000 and $30,000 depending on student need and length of time as a Noyce scholar.
  5. Who is eligible to be a Noyce scholar?
    • Junior or seniors who demonstrate proficiency in a STEM content area (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Math) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Junior or senior standing in selected content area or a recent baccalaureate degree in a STEM field
    • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student
    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Passing score on Test of Academic Proficiency or a 22 or higher on ACT with writing portion.
  6. How are Noyce scholars selected?
    Scholars are selected based on a competitive application process. This process addresses the interest in teaching in middle or secondary education in a STEM area and within high needs schools. Applicants are asked to share information in an essay about their educational experiences and what they hope to achieve as a Lewis Noyce scholar. Applicants will be ranked based on their essay by the STEM Teacher Leadership Team, letters of recommendation and interview with members of the Leadership Team. Scholars will be chosen by their combined score on essay, academic and teaching potential and personal interview. 

  7. What opportunities exist for Noyce scholars?
    • Attendance in at least one workshop or special event each semester presented by faculty from Lewis, Joliet Junior College, College of DuPage as well as leading experts from various organizations. Workshops will last approximately three hours and involve presentation of information, application to the 6-12 classroom, and a question and answer session.
    • Work with a Lewis professor for one semester as a teaching intern.
    • Paid summer internship at community organization such as Midewin, Citgo or Argonne National Labs. 
    • Attendance at special events on current content innovations and pedagogical practices.
  8. What is expected of me as a Noyce scholar?
    Upon acceptance of the Noyce award, students who earn a teaching license will be required to teach in a high-need school district two years for every year of Noyce funding. Since the scholarship supports students for up to two years, this means a maximum commitment of four years in teaching.
  9. What does it mean to teach in a “high need school district?”
    • The district has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42U.S.C.1751 et seq.)
    • The district has at least one school in which:
      • 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 graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
      • More than 34 percent of the teachers in two 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 greater over the last three school years.
  10. What must a Noyce scholar do after graduation?
    • One month prior to licensure, Noyce scholars should provide the Lewis University Noyce College of Education and Social Sciences (COESS) representative with home contact information and summer contact information if different than home. This should include a current e-mail address that is not the Lewis address. The Noyce COESS Administrative Assistant will send information to the scholar's Noyce mentors.
    • Noyce scholars should maintain a list with documentation of all districts where employment applications have been submitted. The Noyce COESS Administrative Assistant will send a request for the list at the end of each semester (including summer) after graduation until employment contract has been submitted.
    • A copy of a signed employment contract should be sent to the Noyce College of Education and Social Sciences Administrative Assistant after securing a position. The Noyce COESS Administrative Assistant will forward a copy to Lewis’s Financial Aid Officer.
    • Each year for 4 years after securing the first position, the scholar will send a documented statement verifying employment to the Noyce COESS Administrative Assistant. The COESS Administrative Assistant can send out a reminder at the beginning of each fall semester, but the submission of employment verification is the responsibility of the scholar. Verification could be a signed letter from the principal, statement from Human Resources, or a new contract.
    • Any change in contact information, including e-mail, needs to be sent to the Noyce COESS Administrative Assistant.
  11. What if I fail to meet the teaching requirements after graduation?
    Upon acceptance of the Noyce award, students will be required to sign an agreement committing to teach in high-need school districts 2 years for every year of Noyce funding. Scholars have eight (8) years to fulfill their commitment. Lewis University uses the Teach Grant agreement as a model for the Noyce award agreement to monitor employment and to collect repayment of scholarship funds if necessary.
  12. What long-term support is there for Noyce graduates?
    Noyce graduates continue to be supported through the Noyce program once they have graduated and are in the classroom. Scholars will continue to stay in contact with their faculty and local school mentors for the first year after graduation. Scholars are also invited to an alumni panel at the end of every academic year to share experiences in the classroom with each other and with current scholars. Scholars are always welcome back for events on campus such as colloquiums and access to the Lewis Noyce blog site.
  13. Who should I contact if I have additional questions about the Noyce Program?
    Principal Investigator for Noyce Grant:
    Principal Investigator for Noyce Grant
    Dr. Dorene Huvaere

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