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  • What does STEM mean?

     Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Who is eligible?

    See the scholarship information page.
  • How do I apply?

    Complete the application form at apply.
  • During what year can I apply for the Noyce Scholarship?

    You can apply for the Noyce scholarship as early as your Sophomore year. Juniors, Seniors and graduates are also welcome to apply.
  • How do I submit reference letters?

    Letters and other support documents should be attached within your online application. Alternatively, they can be emailed to Heidi Burney
  • How will a Noyce scholarship affect my financial aid?

    If your financial aid plus the Noyce scholarship exceeds the total cost of attendance at CSU San Marcos, then your financial aid award will be reduced by the amount that exceeds the cost of attendance. Contact the CSUSM Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  • I am a transfer student. Should I send my transcript from my transfer school?

    Yes, copies of transcripts from all previous schools are necessary.
  • When will I find out if I was chosen to receive the scholarship?

    Applications will be reviewed beginning in mid-April. Strong applicants will be invited for interview during early May. Awards will be announced mid to late May.
  • What are some of the opportunities and experiences I’ll have as a Noyce Scholar?

    The CSUSM Noyce Scholar Program is unique in that we facilitate and encourage participation in authentic early teaching opportunities through collaborations with CSUSM faculty and master teachers in local schools. As a Noyce Scholar, you will join a community of scholars and alumni with a commitment to the STEM education profession. There will be several gatherings of these groups, at times to socialize, and others to interact more formally. In addition, you will be invited to attend numerous state and national conferences and workshops, with expenses paid by the project.
  • What does “high needs” mean?

    The term “high-needs district” is defined by the Federal Government for the purpose of this scholarship as a local educational agency that meets at least one of the following criteria:

    1. A high percentage of individuals from families below the poverty line. The district has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced lunch program, as established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42U.S.C.1751 et seq.);
    2. A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach. The district has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or
    3. A high teacher turnover rate. The district has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or greater over the last three school years.

    -What this means practically is that, as of 2018, all school districts in the San Diego region, except Coronado and San Dieguito, meet this criteria. Further, once hired you will not be responsible to ensure that the district assigns you specifically to a school that meets any of these criteria.

  • Is there a list of schools that qualify?

    No, however these resources can help you to identify high-needs districts:

    1. CA Department of Education—Student Poverty FRPM Data
    2. State Education websites US census website
    3. Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory

    Contact the Noyce Project Directors at to confirm your district of interest qualifies, or for further clarification.

  • Will I be assigned a school or district to work in?

    No, you will be responsible to apply for and ascertain a teaching position in a high-needs district on your own. The CSUSM Noyce program faculty will support and advise during your job search.
  • What if I cannot find a job in a high-needs school or decide to pursue another profession?

    First and foremost, if you are actively seeking but having trouble finding a job in a high-needs district, please contact the Noyce Project Directors at We want to be supportive and work together to create a manageable solution. In the scenario that you cannot find a job, we will consider your circumstances and develop a mutually agreeable solution, such as providing a brief amnesty period for meeting your commitment.

    If you do not accept a job in a high-needs district and have not contacted the Noyce Project Directors, your scholarship will be converted into a loan which you will pay back according to terms detailed in the agreement you signed prior to accepting the Noyce Scholarship.

  • How many years do I need to teach in a high-need school district?

    For every year of scholarship received, you are required to teach in a high-need school district for two years.
  • Do I have to teach in San Diego / locally?

    No, you may teach in any high-needs district across the country.
  • Am I only allowed to apply to high-needs districts?

    No, of course we can't keep you from applying for other work. But if you take a job that doesn't meet the requirements of the scholarship, you may be asked to repay.
  • How is CSUSM's Noyce Program different from other programs with the same name?

    The CSUSM Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is one of many similar programs located at colleges and universities across the country, all with the same name. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds each of these programs and all have the same goal of enhancing K-12 science and math education. However, the details of each program are determined to local faculty member who submits a proposal for NSF grant funding.

    The CSUSM program has a focus to increase the number of undergraduate STEM students completing their CA Single Subject teaching credential at CSUSM. Features unique to the CSUSM program are the many early teaching opportunities, especially the LA Program, the STEM Service Learning Program, and the Math Circles we host.

    Rong-Ji Chen is the Principal Investigator in charge of overseeing and administering the CSUSM grant.

  • Who is Robert Noyce?

    Robert Noyce (1927-1990) was a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) and Intel (1968). He co-invented the integrated circuit or silicon microchip, which revolutionized the computer industry and gave Silicon Valley its name. Robert Noyce’s legacy lives on with the Noyce Foundation. The goal of the Noyce Foundation is to improve the quality of public math and science education and inspire the next generation scientists and engineers. The Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship is funded through the National Science Foundation.

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I still have questions. Who should I contact for more information?

See the Contact Information page.