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Noyce Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What is the NSF Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program?

In the Summer of 2013, the School of Education, the School of Science and Mathematics and the The STEM Center of Excellence at the Citadel were awarded $1,199,639 from the National Science Foundation/Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to implement the NSF Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program, also known as The Noyce Scholars Program. As a result, The Citadel will play a key role in increasing the number of highly-qualified high school teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This program offers scholarships to undergraduates and graduates majoring in a STEM-content area and who are interested in becoming a high school math or science teacher in a high-need school district.

In return for receiving the scholarship, NSF Noyce Scholars agree to fulfill a commitment by teaching in a "high-need" school district for 2-4 years (depending upon the number of years of scholarship received). 

Q: Who is Robert Noyce?

Robert Noyce (1927-1990) was a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) and Intel (1968). He invented the integrated circuit or silicon microchip, which revolutionized the computer industry and gave Silicon Valley its name.

Q: What is the application process?

The Citadel Noyce Scholarship Selection Committee selects scholars bi-annually through a highly competitive application, selection, and interview process.

Commitment & Service

Q: What is a high-need school district?

The National Science Foundation defines "high-need" school districts on the basis of the following criteria: 1) student participation in free or reduced priced lunch programs, 2) level of teacher preparation, and 3) teacher attrition rates.

Q: What are my obligations once I graduate from the program?

For undergraduate students, two years of commitment is required for every academic year of support within eight years of graduation. For graduate students, a two-year commitment is required if you received the Noyce scholarship for the maximum 36 credit hours allowed; for fewer credit hours, the commitment term will be prorated.

Failure to either complete the academic program or to work in a high-need school district within eight years of graduation will cause the scholarship to revert to a loan that must be repaid, plus interest and fees.

Q: Can my service be completed in a high-need school district, without it being a high-need school?

Yes, as long as the district meets the definition of high need.

Q: At what grade levels and in what subjects does the program prepare candidates to teach?

 Secondary, 8th -12th grades. For science (with a focus on biology or chemistry) and mathematics.


Q: What mentoring support will I receive as a Noyce Scholar?

A: During the scholarship term, the recipient will benefit from close supervision by the program director, the content advisor, and will be connected to other recipients. During teaching, the recipient will be mentored by an experienced teacher and mentor.


Q: If I am a part-time student, am I eligible to apply for the scholarship?

Yes, the scholarship will be prorated but will not last longer than six years.

Q: If I have a minor in math or science, am I eligible for the graduate scholarship?

No, you must graduate with a STEM degree (per NSF definition; e.g., kinesiology and nursing are not considered STEM disciplines by NSF).

Q: If I am currently a K-12 teacher seeking new certification or re-certification, am I eligible to apply and receive scholarship funds?

No, you are not. The scholarship is not for current teachers or uncertified teachers, but is for people seeking to become teachers.

Q: If I am an out-of-state student, am I eligible to participate in the program?

Yes, however, the tuition will be covered at the in-state rate and the remaining balance will be the responsibility of the student.

Q: If I am not on the teacher track, am I eligible?

No, you are not. The scholarship is for people seeking to become teachers. The available programs at The Citadel are: BS (Biology with Teaching Specialization), BA (Chemistry with Teaching Specialization), MAT (Biology), and MAT (Mathematics). The scholarships are not available for MAEd students.

Q: I am not a U.S. Citizen, can I still apply?

The Noyce Scholarship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. As defined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a permanent resident is “any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant.”

Scholarship Funds

Q: Can I apply the scholarship funds to my pre-requisite coursework?

No, you cannot. The scholarship funds are only to be applied to the requirements specific to the degree and for courses taken at The Citadel.

Q: How will this affect my financial aid package?

Students who are considering an application for funding from the NSF Noyce Scholarship may have questions concerning the treatment of this resource in terms of need-based or merit-based assistance. The University allows educational funding received from an external source to meet unmet need and then replace the loan and/or work portion of a student’s need-based award before any institutional gift aid is withdrawn. The Noyce Scholarship and University scholarships are restricted to tuition, and the University reserves the right to reduce a recipient’s academic award if the combination of the two scholarships exceeds the annual tuition rate.

For additional clarification, please contact the Financial Aid office.

Q: Can Noyce scholarship money be used for room, board, or incidental expenses?

No. Noyce scholarship money can only be applied to tuition expenses except for members of the Corps of Cadets where room and board are required components of the cost of attending The Citadel.

Q: Can I complete and submit the application online?

Applications can be completed online and emailed.

Q: Where and to whom should the applications be sent?

The completed application along with all materials requested should be emailed to 

Q: When is the deadline to have all forms and application materials submitted?

For first consideration, all application forms and materials are due by November 1 for Spring start; April 1 for Summer start; and by April 1 (first consideration) or July 25 (second consideration) for Fall start. Applications received after those dates could still receive consideration should the selection committee be able to arrive at a decision before the start of classes and scholarships are still available. Otherwise, the applications can be retained for a future consideration.


 nsf_logoScholarships are funded by grant NSF DUE-1339901

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