The State University of New York at Fredonia has established a Robert Noyce Scholarship Program providing $7500 scholarships to support students currently enrolled in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field to seek certification to teach science or mathematics in high-needs middle or high schools.
High-needs schools are in "districts with high concentrations of students with extraordinary needs and low fiscal capacity, as measured by high Need/Resource Capacity" 1. This Need/Resource Capacity "is a measure of a district's ability to meet the needs of its students with local resources" 2. It's a ratio of an estimate of the poverty percentage in the district to its combined wealth 3 (See a sample list of high-needs schools in Western New York).
To apply for a scholarship, you must meet certain eligibility requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residence status
- Transfer student to SUNY Fredonia must have an Associate's Degree and a 3.0 g.p.a. or higher, and at least a B- in all courses that would count toward the SUNY Fredonia major
- Current SUNY Fredonia students must have junior or senior class standing and be enrolled in a STEM field, but not leading to a teaching certificate, a g.p.a. of 3.0 or higher, both overall and in the STEM major, and a C+ or better in all major courses.
This Grant has now reached the end of its funding period. We are pursue other funding opportunities to provide additional STEM teacher preparation support in the future.
notes: 1, 2, 3 (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/stateaidworkgroup/2010-11RSAP/RSAP1011final.pdf).