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Responsibilities of a Noyce Scholar

Students awarded an Early Start Noyce Scholarship for their junior year will maintain the scholarship for their senior year and their MAT year if they maintain an overall 3.25 GPA and a 3.0 science or mathematics GPA.  During their junior year they must attend one of the monthly information sessions provided by the College of Education and Human Development for aspiring MAT students and complete the application process required for entry into the MAT program.  Entry to the MAT program will be automatic for students who hold Noyce Scholarships and have a combined GRE score of 1000 or above and have registered for or passed the PRAXIS.  Career changer Noyce Scholars will maintain a 3.25 GPA during their MAT year.  Noyce scholars are expected to apply for a federal TEACH grant.

Photo of MicroscopeNoyce Scholarships are forgivable loans and scholars will sign a promissory note agreement before receiving a Noyce scholarship.  This agreement is a legally binding document that defines teaching service obligations and specifies repayment obligations if students do not successfully complete their training.  This document will be a promissory note that is subject to cancellation for an appropriate portion of the note for each year of teaching. 

In exchange for receiving a Noyce Scholarship, students must agree to serve full time for two years for every year of scholarship as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private middle or secondary school that serves low-income students. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.  Mathematics and science are high need fields. Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that listed in the Department of Educations Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. To access the Directory, see If a student chooses to teach in the JCPS system, JCPS guarantees placement in a high needs school and the student should confirm the placement is correct. If a student chooses to teach in another system, it is the student’s responsibility to assure he/she is teaching in a high needs school.

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