Become a Noyce Scholar

Preparing Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education for High-Need School Districts

The competitive Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship is awarded to high-performing junior and senior students majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics at Lycoming College, who are simultaneously earning a secondary teacher certification. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Noyce Scholars are eligible to receive a two-year scholarship of up to $20,000 per year, and commit to teaching in a high-need school district, full-time for two years for each year that they receive the scholarship. The Noyce Scholar Program was established in response to the critical need for highly effective K-12 STEM teachers in high-need school districts.

Rather than graduating with an education degree, the Teacher Certification Program at Lycoming College employs a dual approach that enables graduates to enter the education market with either a biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics degree, as well as a teacher certification for grades 7-12.


Noyce Scholars will benefit from programmatic elements including:

  • Williamsport Area School District (WASD) STEM teachers will serve as mentors for Noyce Scholars and as supervisors for the Scholars’ student teaching assignments.
  • WASD STEM teachers will contribute to the educational program of the Noyce Scholars in workshop and classroom settings on Lycoming's campus.
  • Scholars will be eligible to apply for summer research stipends.
  • Scholars work collaboratively with Lycoming and WASD faculty to create a high school-level environmental education curriculum for the Waterdale Center.
  • Lycoming alumni who are current STEM teachers and have experience educating students in high-need districts will serve as mentors to the Noyce Scholars.
  • Scholars will have opportunities to meet and interact with mentors on campus and to continue with their alumni mentor relationships after graduation.


To qualify for a Noyce Scholarship, students must:

  • Commit to teach full-time in a high-need school as a STEM teacher for two years for each scholarship year. If not fulfilled, the scholarship will be converted to a loan.
  • Complete a science or mathematics degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Complete the teaching licensure program within two years of receiving the scholarship.
  • Meet the teaching commitment within eight years of graduation.
  • Participate in the Noyce Council and in mentoring activities.
  • Complete an exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid upon graduation, and sign an agreement to continue activities required by the program.

Application Information

To be considered for the scholarship, eligible students should submit an application package that includes:

  • Brief cover letter
  • Completed application
  • Completed Applicant Confirmation (provided in the application)
  • Written essay (details provided in the application)
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant academic background, leadership and potential to teach a STEM discipline in a high need school
  • College transcript
  • A current program evaluation from WebAdvisor

Completed applications must be submitted by March 2, 2018, to:

Dr. Rachel Hickoff-Cresko

Chair, Education Department

Lycoming College

700 College Place

Campus Box 22

Williamsport, PA 17701

Office: Academic Center D-208


Download the application

Download the recommendation form


For more information on the Lycoming College Noyce Scholar Program, please contact Rachel Hickoff-Cresko, assistant professor of education and chair of the department, at 800-345-3920 ext. 4223,

This page is for informational purposes only. Official requirements are outlined in formal agreements signed by scholarship recipients.