Robert Noyce Scholarships

About the Scholarship

Application Deadline

The applications are due Friday, March 25, 2016.

The Robert Noyce Scholars program aims to encourage talented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to enter into the teaching profession and teach mathematics or science at the secondary level. Each Noyce Scholar can receive one year of scholarship support, at $6,000 per semester. 

Noyce Scholars will be selected by consideration of academic achievement, under-representation and financial need. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Selected Scholars are also involved in professional development and networking opportunities. In return, scholars agree to teach two years in a "high need" school district for each full year of support.

Eligibility Requirements: In order to be considered for a Noyce Scholarship you must:

  • be a Sac State junior or senior undergraduate or credential student in Fall
  • have Majored in a STEM discipline (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics)
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units of coursework
  • be a U.S. Citizen, national or permanent resident alien
  • have a course plan that will allow for the completion of a single subject credential in mathematics or science

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Was Robert Noyce?
Robert Noyce was one of the very first scientists to work in the Silicon Valley and ran two of the companies that had the greatest impact on the silicon industry: Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. He also invented the integrated chip, one of the stepping stones along the way to the microprocessors in today’s computers.

What are the requirements of a Scholar?
Once you become a Noyce Scholar you will be required to maintain your 3.0 GPA and participate in bi-monthly professional development and support network meetings. Some of these meetings are with our partner university, Chico State, and will be held on their campus (transportation provided). In addition, for each year you obtain a scholarship award, you will be required to teach in a “high needs” district.

What is a “high needs” district?
A high need district is defined by NSF as meeting one of the definitions below. Note that the vast majority of school districts in the greater Sacramento region qualify as high needs.

  1. It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.),
  2. It has at least one school in which: (i) 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 a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent 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. It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.

Where do I get more information?
Kelly McDonald, Biology Department


Download the 2016 Robert Noyce Scholarship Application PDF Document


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1136419 and 1136431.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.