Final Year!

5th Year Noyce Scholarship for Seniors

The Robert Noyce 5th Year Scholarships are intended for students who have completed their senior year, are majoring in mathematics, engineering, or a science discipline, plan to achieve Secondary Certification in mathematics or science (biology, chemistry,or physics) and intend to pursue a teaching career.

In addition to the standard requirements for state certification, scholars must take Education 220 (Changing Pedagogies in Math and Science Education)
and Education 251 (Schools in American Cities).

Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens.

5th year Noyce Scholars will receive a one-year $37,044 scholarship to support studies in the 5th year Teacher Education Program. Of this amount, $18,000 may be used for living expenses.  They will also receive a Professional Development Stipend ($2500 per year) for use during their one year of pre-service preparation and during the first two years of teaching and professional support from a Philadelphia Teacher Residency mentor who will meet regularly with the Scholar during the first two years of teaching.

Successful candidates will demonstrate strong knowledge in math or science, the potential to be a successful teacher, and a commitment to teaching in a high-needs school district. Awardees (Scholars) must commit to teaching for 2 years in a high need school district in the Philadelphia region following graduation.

Please note the application checklist below to find out the requirements for a complete application. Questions, please contact Bonnie Hallam, Program Coordinator at or call 610-526-7875.    Please have recommendation letters sent to

Applications are due by Friday, March 20, 2015 by 5 pm*

In addition to information about the candidate, the application includes the following components that must be submitted all together on the electronic application form:

1. Responses to the three essay prompts (see below).

2. An electronic copy of the candidate’s college transcript (An unofficial copy is acceptable).

3. A current resume, which should include a complete listing of all teaching-related experiences. Here, “teaching” is to be broadly interpreted (e.g. Camp counselor, Tutoring, TA, Hall Adviser).

4. A Plan of Study that outlines the courses the candidate will take to fulfill the certification requirements. Candidates must develop this Plan of Study in consultation with Ann Brown, Education Program Adviser.

In addition, the candidate should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted. One letter should be written by a faculty member in the discipline in which the applicant plans to teach. The letter should address the candidate’s academic interests and performance. One letter should address the applicant's educator-oriented experiences and teaching potential. This letter can be written by a faculty or staff member or a non-college person who has supervised the applicant in a teaching setting. One letter should be written by the applicant's dean or other person who is knowledgeable about the applicant's character. Please give your recommenders the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Application Recommendation Request form.

After the written applications are reviewed, selected candidates will be invited for an in-person interview.

Essays (each should be one to two pages long).
1. Describe a topic in your discipline area (math/chemistry/physics/biology) that you were excited to learn about and why.

2. Describe an important experience from your own education and discuss how this experience will inform your efforts to engage secondary students in learning.

3. Noyce Scholars teach in 'high-need' school districts that are often located in low-income communities. Why do you want to teach in a high-need school, and how are you prepared for the opportunities and challenges of teaching in such a school and in what areas do your knowledge and experience need strengthening?

4. (Optional) Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

*Note About Deadlines

Although there is a set deadline, we welcome applications anytime prior to those deadlines.  In special circumstances, we would entertain applications beyond the deadline.  Please contact Bonnie Hallam ( if you feel you have a valid reason for needing a deadline extension.