Cost & Financial Aid
Science Education Scholarships
Robert Noyce Scholarship/Stipend in Science
The Robert Noyce Scholarship program is committed to increasing the number of teachers with a strong content knowledge in science. This National Science Foundation program provides scholarship funds for talented science majors who will become teachers in high-need school districts. The program also supports professionals who have already earned a bachelor's degree and want to become science teachers in a high-need school. (Current and former Science Noyce Scholars)
High-Need School Districts
The National Science Foundation defines a high-need school district as one that meets at least one of the following criteria:
- It has many out-of-field teachers. In particular, the district has at least one school in which:
- More than 34% 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 a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the majority of their classes; or
- More than 34% of the teachers in two of the 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.
- It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15% or more over the past three years.
- It has at least one school in which 30% or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced lunch program.
This definition fits quite a few districts in Indiana. For example, Monroe County Community School Corporation and Indianapolis Public Schools qualify. For a full list of high-need school districts, click here. Click on search, select Indiana for the state, and then 2015-16 for the year.
Who Should Apply
- If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Environmental Science and are seeking admission to the Joint B.S./M.S. program, you may qualify for the scholarship.
- If you have a bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Environmental Science and are interested in graduate study and teacher licensure through the Secondary Transition to Teaching program or the Community of Teachers program, this may be a good option for you.
- If you are a professional with a bachelor's degree in science or a closely-related discipline and are interested in a career change, you should consider attending graduate school through the Secondary Transition to Teaching program or the Community of Teachers program. Successful completion of either program will lead to certification to teach, and you may qualify for the stipend.
Undergraduate students entering the Joint B.S./M.S. program will receive $7,500 per semester up to four semesters, which the program requires.
To qualify for the Robert Noyce Scholarship/Stipend in Science, you must:
- Agree to teach for at least two years in a high-need school district for every year of scholarship funds received
- Pursue a teaching certification in science education, either as an undergraduate student or participant in the Transition to Teaching program
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in a science area
- Be a U.S. citizen, a national, or a permanent resident
- Not been convicted of a felony or violated the Anti-Drug Abuse Act
How to Apply
The deadline for applications for enrollment in Spring 2016 is November 20, 2015, and enrollment in Summer Semester 2016 is March 13, 2016.
Late applications will be considered depending on program space and funding availability.
Professor Robert Sherwood - School of Education
Professor Caty Pilachowski - Department of Astronomy
Paul E. Klinge Scholarship
The late professor Paul E. Klinge began his career as a high school biology teacher before he became an IU faculty member. In honor of his many years of service, his friends endowed the Paul E. Klinge Scholarship for undergraduates planning to become science teachers or pursue other scientific careers, or to returning students focusing on science education as part of the Transition to Teaching program.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement. Financial need will only be considered in the event of a tie between two applicants.
Depending on the number of scholarships awarded, students will typically receive between $3,000 and $5,000 per year toward their IU education.
To qualify for the Paul E. Klinge Scholarship, you must:
- Have completed your sophomore year of study and committed to a career in either science education or the sciences or
- Be a returning student with an undergraduate degree in science who wishes to earn teaching certification
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all classes taken at the time of your application
How to Apply
Applications for the Paul E. Klinge Scholarship must be submitted to:
School of Education
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
If you have questions about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, or the application process, contact Katie Paulin.