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Science & Technology: Noyce MASTERS Scholarship Program

Math and Science Teacher Education Readiness Scholarships (MASTERS)

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 teacher? 

Any science or mathematics student or graduate may be named a  "STEM Education Scholar" and receive the scholarships outlined below:

About the Noyce Scholarship Program

The NSF-funded Noyce Math and Science Teacher Education Readiness Scholarships (MASTERS) program is a collaborative project between the College of Science and Technology, College of Education and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. The project 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.

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.

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.  Students will receive scholarships, course credit, and hands-on integration into local classrooms to see what teaching is really like!

Program Requirements

Please see the program requirements below to see if you are eligible for this competitive scholarship!  Be sure to apply by May 1.

Requirements to be Eligible for the Noyce Scholarship
  • You must be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • You must have had a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.75 in your science and mathematics courses.  
  • You must be declared 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 an ACT score greater than 43 (combined verbal and mathematics) or you must pass the GACE basic skills exam before any funds will be awarded (you must have taken the exam prior to the application).  
  • You must successfully pass a background check before any funds will be dispersed.
  • You must provide 3 letters of recommendation.
  • You must provide a current transcript.
  • You MUST agree to the requirements of the scholarship.
  • You must agree to participate in all Noyce Masters activities including learning communities and meetings.
Requirements While Participating in the Noyce Scholarship Program
  • You must maintain your status as a science or mathematics major and be completing your certification in teaching.
  • You must maintain a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.75 in your science and mathematics courses.
  • You must participate regularly in all Noyce MASTERS activities.
  • You must return the scholarship funds if you stop attending Armstrong and/or do not complete your certification in teaching.
Requirements after Graduating from the Program
  • You MUST adhere to the requirements of the scholarship:  you are committing to teach in a high-needs school district for 2 years for every year of support. The term “a high-need local educational agency” as defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021) means a local educational agency (school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:
    • (A). a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
      • The school 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.).
    • (B). a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content in which they were trained to teach; or
      • (a) 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; or
      • (b) 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.
    • (C). a high teacher turnover rate.
      • The district has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or greater over the last three school years.
  • You must complete this service requirement within eight years after graduation from the program for which the Noyce Scholarship was awarded.
  • By June 30th of each year you must complete a survey to confirm employment for that year. Note the survey will also require you to upload a letter from your principal. Survey link will be sent by the PI Hessinger.
  • You must repay these funds if you do not satisfy the teaching requirements after graduating from the Noyce Scholarship Program within eight years, they will be payable back to Armstrong.
  • If your contact information changes you must update this information with the PI Hessinger.

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First Class

Pictured is our first class of Noyce Scholars for 2013-2014.  There are 10 MAT students and 4 undergraduate students, 10 women and 4 men.  5 students are pursuing Math Education and 9 are pursuing Science Education.  The students are (left to right): Nia Hunter, Melissa Knight, Azea Mustafa, Mark Tanner, Brianna Plachy, Brittany Epps, Frances Pawloski, Jodi Wilson, Adam Parker, Jessica Chaplin, Anthony Ravita, Leslie Anderson, Elizabeth Bartholomew, Tashia Finch.