All available Noyce Scholarships funded by our current National Science Foundation grant have been awarded for the 2023-24 academic year. No new Noyce Scholarships are anticipated at this time.
Noyce Teacher Scholarships of $25,000 are awarded to support successful Cal Teach interns in the MA/credential year at UCSC. All Noyce Teacher Scholars must serve two years teaching math or science in a high-need school or the scholarship is converted to a loan.
Noyce Teacher Scholars Service Obligation
For each year in which the scholarship is received, each Noyce Scholar must serve two years as a teacher in a high-need district or the scholarship will revert to a loan. All five of our partner school districts (East Side Union High School District, Gonzales Unified School District, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Salinas Union High School District, and Santa Cruz City Schools District) qualify as high-need districts. Noyce Scholars may work at any school in one of these districts or in any other district with high-need schools.
Our partner school districts meet the high-need criteria:
- Gonzales Unified School District
- Pajaro Valley Unified School District
- Santa Cruz City Schools
- East Side Union High School District
- Salinas Union High School District
See their salary schedules here (you would be a certificated, credentialed, employee graduating with your credential and M.A., with 45 semester units beyond your bachelor’s degree):
- GUSD salary schedule
- PVUSD salary schedule
- SCCS salary schedule
- ESUHSD salary schedule
- SUHSD salary schedule
Eligibility and Criteria for Selection of Noyce Teacher Scholars
NSF requires each Noyce Scholarship recipients to:
- have an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, mathematics, or engineering field or equivalent professional experience; and
- be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident alien.
UCSC Noyce Scholarship candidates must:
- complete at least one Cal Teach internship OR an approved equivalent experience in one of our partner school districts;
- apply and be accepted to UCSC’s MA/credential program; and
- interview with our project’s K-12 partners (to be scheduled after application submitted).
Noyce Scholarship applicants are evaluated for acceptance into UCSC’s MA/credential program, according to the following criteria: general academic performance and writing ability, subject matter preparation, experience or coursework related to linguistic/cultural diversity, and experience with youth or children in formal or informal educational settings.
Noyce Scholars will be selected by a committee comprised of representatives from the partner school districts, the Cal Teach program, and UCSC faculty in education and STEM fields. Candidates will be evaluated based on their potential as a teacher in the high-need partner school districts; commitment to serving high-need students; academic preparation to teach in their field; and financial need. An interview with representatives from the partner districts is required (to be scheduled after application submitted). Financial need is assessed by UCSC’s Financial Aid Office using the federal FAFSA.