(Math and Science Teacher Education Readiness Scholarships)

Are you a science or math major at Armstrong?  Do you have a science or math degree and want to return to school to become a certified teacher?  We can help you and we NEED YOU!

The shortage of math and science teachers in Georgia is critical especially in southeast Georgia.  The projected need in southeast Georgia over the next five years is for 88 new middle and 91 new high school science/math teachers.  This project is designed to increase the number of highly qualified, Master’s level prepared science and math educators with the training and experience to teach in high needs districts in Savannah and the surrounding areas of southeast Georgia. 

This collaborative project between the College of Science and Technology, College of Education, the Savannah-Chatham Public School System and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia that answers the call of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Office to strengthen K-12 education, retain and graduate more STEM majors and more STEM teachers.    

We are currently recruiting and supporting a diverse and exceptional pool of STEM teacher candidates. We are especially targeting African American and Hispanic/Latino STEM students to become teachers since our local student population reflects a high number of minority students.

If you are a freshmen or sophomore science or math major with an interest in teaching, but you are not sure you want to be a teacher, you may be interested in our STEM Education Fellows undergraduate program, coming soon! Be sure to check back later for more details.


Any science or mathematics major offered at Armstrong (biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, psychology) or a science or math graduate returning to school with a different science or math major not offered at Armstrong (e.g. geology, engineering, environmental science, biochemistry and many others).
  • Rising juniors may receive up to $10,000 a year for 3 years
  • Rising Seniors may receive up to $10,000 a year for 2 years.
  • Graduates may receive up to $10,000 a year for 1 -1 ½ years.


Please note the following requirements:
  • You must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA and 2.75 in science and mathematics courses
  • You must have a science or mathematics major.  The PI, Dr. Hessinger, retains full discretion in determining if your degree qualifies you for the program.  If you have any questions, please email Dr. Hessinger.
  • You must have at least a 1000 combined SAT score or you must pass the GACE basic skill exam before any funds will be awarded.  See here.
  • You must successfully pass a background check before any funds will be dispersed. See here.
  • You must provide 3 letters of recommendation.
  • You must provide a current transcript
  • You MUST agree to the requirements of the scholarship:  You are committing to teach in a high needs school for 2 years for every year of support.  If you do not teach after receiving these funds, they will be payable back to Armstrong.
  • You must agree to participate in all Noyce Masters activities, learning communities, meetings and tutoring requirements. 


Dr. Sabrina Hessinger
Professor of Mathematics
Armstrong State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419