The Noyce Scholarship at Northeastern Illinois University is focused on preparing talented undergraduate Mathematics and Biology majors or Teacher Licensure candidates in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science to become highly qualified teachers interested in working with students at the high school level.

STEM-related jobs are some of the fastest-growing occupations and have great potential for career advancement. Through the Noyce Teacher Scholarship, students can build a solid STEM foundation through rich and rigorous experiences and opportunities, participate in a cohort with other scholars from Northeastern and throughout the Chicago area, receive financial support, and attend workshops and seminars designed to broaden their understanding in content, teaching practices and issues of social justice.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Scholars Program provides up to two years of support for undergraduate students in mathematics or biology with Secondary Education focus or graduate students seeking Teacher Licensure in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics or earth science. Students who are underrepresented, such as African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply. This program is designed to enhance a student’s ability to become a successful teacher.


  • An annual student scholarship for two years worth up to $17,725 to be applied toward the cost of attendance.
  • Mentorship by both Noyce Scholars faculty and classroom teachers from high-needs schools in the Chicago Public Schools system
  • Participation in the GEAR UP project for direct and ongoing experiences with high school students, teachers, parents, community members and Center for College Access and Success staff consultants
  • Participation in a Northeastern summer research and professional development program
  • Membership in the Noyce Scholars cohort and the national NSF Noyce Scholars groups
  • Training as a peer leader and participation in the Noyce Scholars Peer Led Team Learning workshops
  • Academic, career and personal guidance and support through undergraduate degree completion
  • Informational seminars and workshops on a variety of topics in preparation to teach in an urban, high-needs school setting

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be at least junior status or a Teacher Licensure Program candidate and have an ACT composite score of at least 20 or a TAP section score of at least 210
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Per NSF guidelines, students do have to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship
  • First-generation college students with income eligibility and/or members of an underrepresented group are preferred
  • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

Requirements to be completed by the end of the program

  • Completion of a summer research project or participate in the GEAR UP summer STEM academy.
  • Participation in workshops and seminars aimed at preparing you to teach in a high-needs high school
  • Completion of a classroom action research project with a team of Noyce Scholars
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree and Illinois Professional Educators License in Secondary Education Mathematics or Biology or completion of Teacher Licensure Program in Secondary Education (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science).

How to Apply for Noyce