About The Noyce Scholarship Program

Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

The Robert Noyce Scholarship program, named for a pioneer of semiconductor development and co-founder of Intel Corporation, aims to meet the growing local and national need for highly-qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teaching professionals. This program specifically channels these teachers into high need school districts.

The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program requires that scholarship or stipend recipients accept an obligation to teach in a high need school district for two (2) years for each one (1) year of scholarship or stipend received. If this obligation is not met, the scholarship or stipend must be repaid to the National Science Foundation.

What qualifies as a high need school district?

To qualify as high need, according to the National Science Foundation for the purposes of the Robert Noyce Grant requirements, a school district must meet one of the following criteria:

  • It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced-price lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.).
  • It has at least one school in which one of the following occurs:
    • More than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
    • More than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  • It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more during the last three school years.

Although districts that meet one of the above conditions can change from one year to the next, select this document for a list of Pennsylvania secondary schools who met the condition of >50% low-income student population in the 2010-2011 academic year.  These are likely good candidates for you to examine for potential employment in Pennsylvania.

In order to examine states other than Pennsylvania, try this website.  NOTE: this will direct you to all districts/cities in the selected state. You must examine the column for free or reduced lunch and find districts and/or schools which have at least 50% in this column. 

In both cases, these resources are meant as guides.  Upon employment, you will be required to have a district official verify that the school in which you teach satisfies at least one of the above Noyce requirements.

  • Who is Robert Noyce?


    Robert Norton Noyce (December 12, 1927 - June 3, 1990), nicknamed, "the Mayor of Silicon Valley," co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968. He is also credited (along with Jack Kilby) with the invention of the integrated circuit or microchip.

    He treated employees as family. He rewarded and encouraged teamwork. His follow-your-bliss management style set the tone for many Valley success stories. Noyce graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Grinnell College in 1949 and a Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953. He studied the first transistors, which were developed in the Bell Laboratories in a Grinnell College classroom. After graduating from MIT, he accepted his first job as a research engineer at the Philco Corporation in Philadelphia, PA.

    In Noyce's final interview, he was asked what he would do if he were "emperor" of the United States. His response was that he would, among other things, "make sure we are preparing our next generation to flourish in a high-tech age. And that means education of the lowest and the poorest, as well as at the graduate school level."

    The Robert Noyce Foundation was founded in 1991 by his family. The foundation is dedicated to improving public education in mathematics and sciences in grades K-12.