St. Scholastica Receives Funding for Scholarships Aimed at Future Math and Science Teachers

Alexa Jokinen

The School of Education and the School of Sciences have received funding to offer the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The National Science Foundation awarded the College of St. Scholastica a $1.2 million, 5-year grant. This grant allows for 34 different Robert Noyce teacher scholarships and additional supportive services for students at St. Scholastica pursuing majors in math, biology and chemistry. Students must be enrolled in the teacher education program and need to commit to teaching in the listed fields for two years in high-need school districts in order to receive the funding.

“The goal of this grant is to increase the number of new math and science teachers committed to teaching in high-need school districts in Minnesota. The project focuses on communities in the Duluth, St. Cloud, and St. Paul areas,” said Jo Olsen, the principal investigator for the grant from the NSF and the dean of the School of Education.

In order to apply for the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a national or permanent resident alien. Additionally, they must be pursuing or have earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, math, or biology. Students must be accepted into the St. Scholastica undergraduate education program or the graduate teaching licensure program. Lastly, applicants must provide an unofficial college academic transcript with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

In 2016, the first year of the scholarship program, undergraduate recipients received $12,000 per year for two years, in their junior and senior year. Recipients who were enrolled in the graduate teaching licensure program received $12,000 for one year.

Over the five-year period from 2016-2021, the School of Education and the School of Sciences plan to award 34 Robert Noyce Scholarships.
Sayde Anderson, a senior studying biology and secondary education was a recipient of the Robert Noyce Scholarship.

“As a student receiving this scholarship, I consider myself very fortunate … recipients not only receive the scholarship, but they can also look forward to attending conferences that help improve teaching qualities, participating in a 30-hour STEM immersion experience, and receiving help from the Noyce team during the job search. How awesome is that?” said Anderson.

Amanda Broman, a junior studying biology and secondary education, is also a recipient of the scholarship.

“I was very excited about being a recipient, and it will help me pay for school as well as help me become a better teacher with the mentorship programs encompassed in the scholarship. I just want to thank the School of Education for giving me this opportunity. It is wonderful and gracious, and I couldn’t be more grateful,” said Broman.

Currently, the School of Education and the School of Sciences are accepting online applications for next year. The deadline for applications is April, 14, 2017. Interested students can learn more about the scholarship by attending an Exploring Teaching event on April 11. Contact Beth VaVigne or Donna Kirk for more information.