Robert Noyce Teacher Scholars Program

Collage of Noyce Scholars from throughout the years 

Cal Teach UCSC's Noyce Scholars 

Fund Source and K-12 Partnerships

Noyce scholarships are funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) through a grant to UCSC. UCSC’s Noyce program was designed to help us increase the size and quality of the math and science cohorts in UCSC’s MA/credential program and to develop a pipeline of highly qualified, well prepared new teachers into hard-to-staff positions in our partner school districts, East Side Union High School, Gonzales Unified, Pajaro Valley Unified, Salinas Union High School District, and Santa Cruz City Schools District.

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Participating Schools

The Noyce Repayable Scholarship will be forgiven based on documented teaching service in a qualified school.


Self-Certification Form

The Loan Exit Interview Form must be filled out and submitted to Student Business Services during your exit interview before you graduate from the MA/credential program. Cal Teach will let you know when the exit interview is, and a copy of the form will be given to you at that time. Student Business Services will also go over your Perkins Loan information at this time, if you have a Perkins loan.

The Postponement and Cancellation Form must be submitted at the end of each of the two years of teaching to fulfill your service obligation. Instructions for filling out the form can be found here. Send the completed form directly to Cal Teach so we can keep a copy for your file and hand deliver it to Student Business Services:

Cal Teach's Off Campus Address:
Cal Teach UCSC
PO Box 2415
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Cal Teach's Normal Campus Address:
Cal Teach UCSC
MS: PB Sci Dean’s Office
1156 High St. 
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Loan Repayment

Here is an example of what your monthly payments could look like assuming you began to pay principal and interest as soon as the one year grace period expired and based on a $25,000 loan. You each received copies of what your inidividaul plan would be, but don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, or to request an additional copy. Please see the Loan Repayment Schedule

Obligations and Benefits

In addition to providing financial support for your credential year, the UCSC Noyce program provides support to enhance your early career success:

  • the opportunity to and the expectation that you will participate in regional and national professional meetings;
  • funding for materials and supplies in your first teaching years;
  • mentoring and professional development in your first two years of teaching. 

The scholarship comes with the expectation of:

  • your full participation in all aspects of the program;
  • your full participation in ongoing program evaluation and research; and
  • two years of service as a teacher in a high-need school after you complete your credential (this may be in a partner district or elsewhere in the United States). 

Repayable Scholarship

Because of the service requirement, the scholarship is considered a “repayable scholarship.” Accepting it requires you to sign a loan promissory note and repayment with interested is expected if you do not fulfill the service requirement. In order to receive the scholarship you must sign the promissory note. 

If you do not begin teaching in a high-need school by one year after completing the MA/credential program, or if you drop out of the program, interest will begin accrue, and you will have to begin to pay back the scholarship, with interest. This is an NSF requirement for UCSC to receive the grant. Although UCSC hopes that all our Noyce Scholars will find employment with one of our partner school districts, all of which meet the “high need” requirement, you may fulfill the service obligation in any U.S. school meeting one of the criteria for “high need” (a high percentage of students from families below the poverty line, a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the field in which they were trained to teach, or a high teacher turnover rate). There is the possibility to defer or cancel the loan repayment in case of hardship. 

As a National Science Foundation program, our Noyce project is required to document the impact of the program – this means NSF expects us to track your professional activity for several years after the scholarship period. And, it means that we have an ongoing program evaluation, with regular in-depth surveys. It is possible you will be asked to participate in one-on-one or group interviews before, during, and after your enrollment in UCSC’s MA/credential program, and you may be observed by Noyce project researchers during your student teaching and afterwards. We will continue to ask for reports on your academic and professional progress and to invite you to participate in Cal Teach and Noyce Scholars events. To remain in good standing, you must continue to update Cal Teach on your progress and contact information in the first few years after you graduate, including documenting your employment.

Scholarship Payments

UCSC’s Graduate Division coordinates the distribution of scholarship payments. They typically distribute the award in four parts, disbursed at the beginning of the fall, winter, spring and second summer quarters of the credential program. There is no Noyce payment for the first summer quarter. The Noyce payments will reduce the total amount you owe to the university for tuition. If the quarterly payment exceeds the amount you owe, you will be issued a check for the excess. If you have questions or problems with Noyce payments, they may require coordination with the Education Department (where you will be a student) or the Graduate Division (which oversees graduate education on campus). You can always contact Cal Teach to help you resolve any Noyce-related problem. Before you graduate, Student Business Services will meet with you in an exit interview to ensure that you understand the loan repayment obligation should you fail to complete the required teaching service or the required documentation of your service.

Repayable Scholarship Loan Documents

Several legal documents pertain to the repayable scholarship:

  • 1) the Application Disclosure, which includes the interest rate for the repayable scholarship and for federal loan alternatives;
  • 2) the Approval Disclosure, specific to you as the borrower, showing the interest rate, payment total and an estimated repayment schedule, should you fail to complete the required service; and
  • 3) a Promissory Note with the detailed conditions of the loan.

If you want to accept the scholarship, you must meet with Cal Teach staff to sign the Application Disclosure, Approval Disclosure, and Promissory Note soon after the scholarship is first offered. Before receiving the first repayable scholarship installment, you must sign a Final Disclosure form, again showing the interest rate and repayment conditions, and you must complete a Self-Certification Form, confirming that you are eligible to receive this support and providing contact information to aid in collecting loan payments. No scholarship funds may be disbursed until all these forms have been signed.