Noyce Scholarship for Alumnae/i

     The Robert Noyce Post-baccalaureate Scholarships are intended for Bryn Mawr or Haverford alumnae/i who majored in mathematics, engineering, or a science discipline, plan to achieve secondary certification in mathematics or science (biology, chemistry or physics) in the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program, intend to pursue a teaching career and agree to teach for two years in a high need school district in the Philadelphia region following graduation.

The Post-baccalaureate Scholarships are being offered for 2015-16 with applications being accepted by March 20, 2015 by 5 pm*.  This is the final year of the scholarship program.

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

Post-baccalaureate Noyce Scholars will receive a scholarship of up to $37,044 to support studies in the 5th year Post-baccalaureate Teacher Education Program at Bryn Mawr or the 5th Year Penn Master's Option. Of this amount, up to  $18,000 can be used for living expenses. The scholarship, while primarily intended to be used in one year, can be spread out over two years as necessary. Noyce Scholars will receive a professional development stipend of $2500 while they are in the Post-baccalaureate Program that can be used for conferences, workshops or courses outside the Bryn Mawr/Haverford network. During their first two years of teaching, Noyce Scholars will receive professional support from a Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) mentor who will meet regularly with the Scholar, participate in a community of practice of Noyce scholars, and will also receive a professional development stipend of $2500 per year. As this is the final year of funding, all funds for professional development and mentoring must be used by September 30, 2016.

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. Candidates must be able to complete all the requirements of the Noyce program within one year: the seven courses required for secondary certification as well as two additional courses that will help prepare Scholars for teaching mathematics/science in urban high needs school districts, Education 220 (Changing Pedagogies in Math and Science Education) and Education 251 (Schools in American Cities).

Below is a sample schedule of a Scholar who applies in November 2013, is accepted into the program and  has had no prior experience in Education:




Spring 2014 or Summer 2014

Critical Issues in Education (Ed 200)

Schools in American Cities (Ed 266) or their equivalent

Can use $2500 professional development stipend to pay for these courses if they are not taken at Bryn Mawr – Haverford.

Fall 2014

Educational Psychology

Special Education (Ed 210)

English Learners in U.S. Schools(Ed 275)

Curriculum and Pedagogy Seminar (Ed 301)


Spring 2015

Practice Teaching Seminar (Ed 311) 

Practice Teaching (Ed 303, 433)

These two courses count for three units of credit. Receive certification after this semester.

Fall 2015

Changing Pedagogies in Math and Science Education (Ed 220)

This course is only offered in alternating years.


This schedule will be less packed for students who have had previous Education courses.

The Changing Pedagogies course during the 6th year will be done while teaching and will count for required professional development credit.

Please note the application checklist below to find out the requirements for a complete application. Questions, please call 610-526-7875 or email Please have recommendation letters sent to Bonnie Hallam, Program Coordinator at,
The appliciation deadline is 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.    The third recommendation can be written by your current supervisor.  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 or phone 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 Fellows 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.