Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Savannah State University (SSU), in partnership with Savannah Technical College (STC), is offering a Robert Noyce Scholarship program to prepare 28 undergraduate mathematics and engineering majors and 8 STEM professionals to become certified middle school or high school teachers of mathematics and/or science (grades 6 – 12). Working with regional high schools, STC, and STEM employers, we will recruit high-quality students and professionals interested in STEM-focused teaching careers. In addition, we will provide a combination of scholarships/stipends, summer teaching internships, structured field observation experiences, and a rigorous teacher-preparation curriculum to prepare them to be successful, long-term members of the STEM teaching faculty in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) and beyond. In partnership with SCCPSS, we will provide post-graduation mentoring and follow-up to ensure a successful transition to teaching and improve retention. Specific elements of the program include the following:

  1. Launching a proactive recruitment plan for talented math and engineering majors to pursue teaching careers in 6 – 12 secondary schools;
  2. Implementing a comprehensive STEM teacher training program;
  3. Providing a Summer Educational Internship Program (SEIP) to rising sophomores;
  4. Providing Field Observation Experiences for sophomores;
  5. Providing $10,000 scholarships to talented math and engineering juniors and seniors to pursue teaching career by acquiring education training through SSU teacher education math, civil, and electronics engineering technology programs;
  6. Providing $10,000 stipends for STEM professionals or recent STEM graduates (must have bachelor's degree in biology, mathematics or engineering) to become teachers.
  7. Enhancing the local district’s teacher mentoring and professional development program to improve teacher performance and retention.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program “responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. The program provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Scholarship and stipend recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts” (quoted from