STEM EMPOWERS Scholarship Program
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Encourages, Mentors and Prepares Others With Educational Resources and Scholarships
STEM EMPOWERS is a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program offered by St. Joseph’s College and the National Science Foundation (partial support for this program is provided by the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under award number DUE-1136262).
What is the STEM EMPOWERS program?
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are considered to be areas of national need. To encourage students to consider careers in these disciplines, the National Science Foundation funds scholarships. Named for Robert Noyce, this program provides scholarships for St. Joseph’s College students (undergraduate and graduate) majoring in mathematics, biology or chemistry who are committed to teach one of these subjects in a K-12 high-needs school anywhere in the United States.
What is a high-needs school?
A high-needs school is defined as a school designated as either:
- Under registration review
- Identified as persistently lowest achieving
- Designated as Schools in Improvement status, in which there is a shortage of certified teachers in the previous school year and there is a projected shortage of certified teachers in the current year
What does the program provide?
Selected juniors, seniors and graduate students will receive mentoring, academic assistance and assistance with teaching placement, and a minimum of $10,000 for at least one year. To encourage freshmen and sophomores to consider a career in teaching mathematics or science, select students will be offered paid internships. Some funding will also be available to support student attendance at conferences and science and mathematics related events.
Who is eligible for this program?
The candidate must:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national or alien admitted as a refugee
- Be a St. Joseph’s College student enrolled as either:
- A full-time undergraduate student majoring in mathematics, biology or chemistry and be committed to teaching that subject in a high-needs school
- A graduate student in the M.A. in Mathematics Education program and be committed to teaching mathematics in a high-needs school
- A freshman or sophomore interested in an internship in mathematics or science and possibly considering teaching
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
How do I apply?
To apply for a STEM EMPOWERS scholarship, submit the completed application form and essay to David Seppala-Holtzman, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org. You must also arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the same address.
To apply for a paid internship, submit the completed application form and essay to email@example.com. You must also arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the same address.
The due date for all materials (including letters of reference) is November 21, 2014.
Current STEM scholars, both pre-service and in-service, are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Grant of up to $1,000. To apply, download, complete and submit the application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or questions regarding this program, contact David Seppala-Holtzman, Ph.D. at 718.940.5315 or email@example.com.
What must I do to remain in the program?
Maintain good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 3.0) and full-time (or half-time for graduate students) status, prepare for a teaching career in mathematics or science and demonstrate qualities consistent with professional success.
St. Joseph’s College has received a grant from the National Science Foundation under the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program to encourage and prepare students to teach science and mathematics in high-needs schools. The STEM EMPOWERS program will provide academic and financial support, as well as assistance with occupational placement, to those students who express a commitment to this goal. By arranging paid summer internship opportunities related to the goals of this project, St. Joseph’s College hopes to nurture a strong interest in teaching science and mathematics. By providing strong academic programs in the discipline fields as well as the field of education, the College will assure that the program participants be as prepared as they are committed. Finally, by providing the personal attention and support of an academic mentor as well as assistance with job placement, St. Joseph’s College intends to generate a strong cohort of well prepared, inspired teachers committed to addressing an area of urgent national need.
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