Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar's Program

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program to provide scholarships to increase the number of teachers with strong science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) content knowledge who teach math and science in high-need U.S. schools. UCSC has been awarded three NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grants, with the first starting in 2009. New awards started in 2014 to support research on the outcomes of the Noyce scholarship program at UCSC and Noyce scholarships for STEM majors pursuing the MA/credential at UCSC, especially community college transfer students.


Program Components

Noyce Transfer Scholarships are awarded to incoming community college transfer students* in STEM fields who are interested in math or science teaching careers. Noyce Transfer Scholars will participate in an intensive K-12 classroom internship in early September of their transfer year; be assigned a Noyce faculty mentor in math, physical sciences, or life sciences; and participate in academic-year Cal Teach internships. Prospective Noyce Transfer Scholars should apply to the Intensive Internship scheduled for September of their transfer year, or may apply to the Cal Teach 1 internship after transferring to UCSC. Noyce Transfer Scholars incur no teaching obligation.

Noyce Teacher Internships are for prospective math or science teachers who have completed a STEM bachelor’s degree at UCSC or elsewhere. Noyce Teacher Interns participate in the week-long September Cal Teach intensive internship or enroll in our extended 10-week Cal Teach 1 internship and course through UCSC Extension or their community college cross-enrollment program. Successful Noyce Teacher Interns may apply for Noyce Teacher Scholarships to support them while completing UCSC’s MA/credential program. Noyce Teacher Interns incur no teaching obligation.

Noyce Teacher Super-Scholarships of $25,000 are awarded to outstanding Noyce Transfer Scholars to provide financial support during the credential year. All Noyce Teacher Scholars must serve two years teaching math or science in a high-need school or the scholarship is converted to a loan.

Noyce Teacher Scholarships of $20,000 are awarded to support successful Cal Teach interns (Noyce Transfer Scholars, Noyce Teacher Interns, and regular Cal Teach interns) in the MA/credential year. All Noyce Teacher Scholars must serve two years teaching math or science in a high-need school or the scholarship is converted to a loan.

Noyce Scholar Induction provides early-career support for Noyce Teacher Scholars through stipends to support experienced mentors to work with novice Noyce teachers in their schools, substitute teacher time to allow novice Noyce teachers to observe experienced teachers and be observed by them, funding to attend professional meetings, and $500 for classroom supplies.

*Transfer students from partner colleges, Cabrillo, Cañada, Foothill, Gavilan, Hartnell, Ohlone, and San José City Colleges, have priority for special Noyce transfer student support.


Noyce Teacher Scholars Service Obligation

For each year in which the scholarship is received, each Noyce Scholar must serve two years as a teacher in a high-need district or the scholarship will revert to a loan. All four of our partner school districts (East Side Union High School District, Gonzales Unified School District, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, and Santa Cruz City Schools District) qualify as high-need districts. Noyce Scholars may work at any school in one of these districts or in any other district with high-need schools.

Our partner school districts meet the high-need criteria:

See their salary schedules here (you would be a certificated, credentialed, employee graduating with your credential and M.A., with 45 semester units beyond your bachelor's degree):


Eligibility and Criteria for Selection of Noyce Teacher Scholars

NSF requires each Noyce Scholarship recipients to:

UCSC Noyce Scholarship candidates must:

Noyce Scholarship applicants are evaluated for acceptance into UCSC’s MA/credential program, according to the following criteria: general academic performance and writing ability, subject matter preparation, experience or coursework related to linguistic/cultural diversity, and experience with youth or children in formal or informal educational settings.

Noyce Scholars will be selected by a committee comprised of representatives from the partner school districts, the Cal Teach program, and UCSC faculty in education and STEM fields. Candidates will be evaluated based on their potential as a teacher in the high-need partner school districts; commitment to serving high-need students; and academic preparation to teach in their field; and financial need. An interview with representatives from the partner districts is required. Financial need is assessed by UCSC’s Financial Aid Office using the federal FAFSA.


Application Material

For the complete application and details go to Cal Teach Credential Support.



Who are the UCSC Noyce Scholars?

Since 2009, UCSC Robert Noyce Teacher Scholars Programs have provided scholarships to outstanding UCSC Cal Teach participants who have enrolled in UCSC’s MA/credential program. Now, UCSC Noyce Scholars are teaching math or science in central California and beyond. Go to the Noyce Student list to see who they are.



Who was Robert Noyce?

  Robert Noyce

Robert Noyce (1927-1990) was the co-inventor of the integrated circuit, and co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968. There are 16 patents in his name, and he was nicknamed "The Mayor of Silicon Valley." Noyce was a mentor to many, including Steve Jobs of Apple. “Make[ing] sure we are preparing out next generation ot flourish in a high-tech age” was a key concern for Noyce, and his legacy is working toward this through the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholars program and the Noyce Foundation founded in 1990 by his family.



Contact Information

PI: Gretchen Andreasen
Primary Contact:

Marla Hesselink
Program Assistant/
Student Advisor
Phone: (831) 459-2226