The nationally recognized Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship is awarded to exceptional science, technology, and engineering students who plan on teaching mathematics in a high-need school district after graduation.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Noyce Program at the University of Iowa provides $13,000 per academic year in scholarship support to pursue a degree in mathematics education. This support is renewable for up to 2 years if the Scholar becomes enrolled in and maintains good academic standing at the University of Iowa.

In return for Noyce Scholarship support, scholarship recipients make the commitment that after completing their degree program at the University of Iowa, they will teach in a high-needs school district for two years per year of scholarship support received.

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To be eligible for the Noyce Scholarship, students must:

  • Be either an incoming junior or senior at the University of Iowa who has a declared major in mathematics (for eligibility to 4+1 program) or
  • Be a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (eligible for M.A.T. program)
  • Hold US citizen or permanent residency
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • A completed online application (including responses to two essay questions).
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from the University of Iowa and other college-level institutions that the applicant has attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation from mathematics faculty members or other professionals who are familiar with the student's work ethic and can speak to the applicant's commitment to mathematics education and their potential as a teacher.
    • You will be asked to list names of your reference providers in the online application. The scholarship committee will then contact your reference providers.

How will scholarship recipients be selected?

Scholarship awards will be made primarily on the basis of academic merit, with consideration for financial need and diversity.

What are the degree options in mathematics education at university of Iowa?

There are three possible ways to get the initial teaching licensure in mathematics.

  1. Undergraduate degree
  2. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  3. 4 + 1: Undergraduate and MAT

What counts as a “high-needs” district?

A “high-need local educational agency” is one in which one or more of the following conditions is met: 1) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line; 2) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; or 3) a high teacher turnover rate.

The Iowa Department of Education refers to high-needs local education agencies as Schools and Districts in need of assistance (SINA/DINA).

What happens after I am awarded the scholarship?

If not already admitted to the MAT or 4+1 program, scholarship awardees must complete the application process and be admitted into the appropriate Teacher Education Program. During completion of their degree program, Noyce Scholars participate in professional development opportunities such as workshops and seminars aimed at helping them develop the skills, they will need to be effective teachers in high-needs areas.

After graduation, Noyce Scholars complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district per year of scholarship support received and participate in surveys and research interviews as part of project-level and program evaluation efforts.

What happens if I receive an award but do not complete the teaching service requirement?

If a Noyce Scholar fails to comply with the agreement, the funding becomes a loan that must be repaid. All funds received will be repaid plus relevant interest until the full amount is recovered.

Are current mathematics teachers eligible for the Noyce Scholarship?

Unfortunately, current mathematics teachers are not eligible for the Noyce Scholarship.


  • Caleb Potts
  • Lincoln Aunan


  • Brooke Hitchcock
  • Jay Huff
  • Kathleen Hearn
  • Allisyn Coghlan

Please direct questions about the scholarship to:

Dae (Danny) Hong

Angel Figueroa (graduate assistant)