Scholarship Overview

The Xavier University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become secondary mathematics and science teachers. The Xavier University Noyce Scholarships support both undergraduate and graduate students who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts upon completion of their teacher education program.

General Selection Criteria

To be eligible for Noyce Scholarships, undergraduates will need to:

  • Be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens
  • Have declared a major in a STEM discipline and be on track to complete this degree by the end of the two-year scholarship (fourth and fifth years). Scholarship support is for a maximum of two years.
  • Have completed a significant portion of the Xavier University core curriculum
  • Commit to taking courses full-time, including summers if needed, to complete STEM teaching licensure requirements during their fourth or fifth year.
  • Commit to teaching for four years in a high-need local education agency upon completing licensure requirements.

To be eligible for Noyce Stipends, STEM degree-holders will need to:

  • Be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens
  • Hold a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in science, mathematics or engineering.
  • Be accepted or in the process of being accepted into Xavier's graduate program in education, seeking adolescent to young adult (AYA) licensure in mathematics or science
  • Have a minimum of 30 credit hours remaining before they complete licensure requirements.
  • Commit to taking courses full-time to complete licensure requirements. Stipend support is for a maximum of one year.
  • Commit to teaching for two years in a high-need local education agency upon completing licensure requirements.
  • Commit to 20 additional hours of field work performing service in the community during their scholarship period.

Selection will take place during the spring semester, allowing students to begin receiving scholarships for the summer or fall. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and for potential success as teachers in high-needs schools. Consideration will be given to financial need and with the goal of achieving diversity in the program, particularly of minorities, persons with disabilities and genders underrepresented in STEM teaching. A selection committee will evaluate the applications, conduct interviews and select recipients.

Applicants will be asked to:

  • Participate in an interview if selected as a Xavier University Noyce Scholarship finalist.
  • Submit to the background check required for admission to teacher licensure programs
  • Submit a signed promissory note committing to teach full-time as a licensed teacher in a high-need public school for two years for every year of scholarship/stipend received
  • Complete (or have completed) an undergraduate degree in a STEM major.
  • Complete all requirements for state teaching certification and begin teaching.
  • Meet the service requirement of completing 2 years of teaching for each Noyce Scholarship award year within 8 years of graduating.
  • Maintain enrollment (in accordance with Xavier's School of Education) with a 2.700 overall cumulative grade point average; a 2.500 GPA must be attained in education courses and in each area of certification
  • Regularly attend and participate in Noyce Scholar Activities prior to and after completion of teacher certification.
  • Upon graduation, complete an exit interview with Xavier University Noyce Teacher Scholarship administrators and after graduation, attend annual follow-up seminars during the years you are fulfilling your teaching obligation.
  • Participate in evaluations and surveys for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.

Application information

Your application packet should include:

  • Completed applicant information form
  • Transcripts of all college work (we need official transcripts of non-Xavier courses; unofficial Xavier transcripts are fine for application).
  • FAFSA information. The federal government requires you to submit a FAFSA form to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • For STEM-degree holders only: Miller Analogies Test or GRE results (50th percentile or higher).
  • A plan for completing licensure requirements during the year(s) you hold the scholarship or stipend
  • Two letters of recommendation that evaluate your potential for success in science or math teaching
  • Essay answering the following prompts (maximum five pages):
  1. Describe your previous teaching and volunteer experience with high need youth, including paid or volunteer work
  2. Describe one or two experiences that have inspired you to pursue teaching in a high needs district
  3. Describe a time that you learned something from someone with a different life experience, cultural background or upbringing from you and what you learned
  4. Describe your professional goals
  5. Describe what you view as the characteristics of a good teacher.

Please submit application electronically through our website.

Two (2) letters of recommendation may be sent to:

Ashley Vaughn
Xavier University Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Coordinator
3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Materials can be also dropped off to:

Ashley Vaughn, Room 122, Hinkle Hall

Materials can be emailed to