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Applications are available for NSF scholarships

By Adi Pavlovic
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(March 30, 2006)--The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided Robert B. Noyce Scholarships for students interested in becoming mathematics or science teachers. Sixteen scholarships have been allotted for the 2006-2007 academic year with 12 undergraduate awards and 4 graduate awards. Each award is valued at up to $10,000.

The Noyce program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become mathematics and science teachers that are in high need for kindergarten through high school public schools. A major goal of the scholarships is to address the critical shortage of mathematics and science teachers.

The scholarship is jointly supported and sponsored by UTSA's College of Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Engineering, the Honors College and the UTeach Program.

The recipients of the awards are required to commit to teaching in a high-need public school district for two years for every year of the award. If the teaching obligation is not met, the scholarship must be repaid.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, these qualifications must be met:

Undergraduate qualifications:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Majoring in mathematics, engineering or a science
  • In the last two years of a baccalaureate degree program
  • Limited to two years of scholarship support
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Must commit to teach in a high-need school district for two years for each year of scholarship, and the service must be performed within 6 years after graduation
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in a 4-point scale

Post-baccalaureate qualifications:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Degree in mathematics, engineering, or a science
  • Limited to one year of scholarship support
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Must commit to teach in a high-need school district for two years for each year of scholarship, and the service must be performed within 6 years after graduation
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in a 4-point scale

For more information and an application, visit the UTeach Web site.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year; however there will be three distributions before the fall semester -- April 21, June 16 and August 14.

Half of the awards will be distributed on April 21, 25 percent on June 16, and the remaining awards on Aug. 14. All approved applications will be rank-ordered one week before the distribution dates. Therefore, applications should be submitted at least two weeks before the distribution dates

For more information contact Joseph Lazor, director of the UTeach Program, at (210) 458-6280.

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