Dordt College received a generous $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation [DUE 1660632] to support students interested in teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) education through the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The Noyce Scholarship program responds to the need for highly-qualified K-12 STEM teachers in high-need schools.
Noyce Scholars receive $15,000 scholarships each year to support their progress toward teaching licensure in a STEM field. Noyce scholars will receive both the benefits of Dordt's outstanding STEM and education programs, and mentoring from faculty, training in growth mindsets, and practicum experiences in high-need schools.
- A Junior or Senior (at least 54 credits completed) majoring in both science and education at Dordt College.
- A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien.
- Agreement to teach for two years in a high-need school for each year of scholarship support received. (Students have 8 years after completion of their STEM education degree to complete their teaching service in a high-need school.)
Dordt College has formal partnerships with West Sioux Schools & Le Mars Community Schools; however, students may teach in any high-need school in the U.S. to meet the post-graduation service requirement. A high-need school is defined as an elementary or secondary school which is characterized by at least one of the following:
- a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
- a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or
- a high teacher turnover rate.
If a Noyce Scholar is unable to complete the licensure or teaching obligation, the scholarship reverts to a loan.
An advisory board of STEM education experts from across the country give guidance to the program, including the annual selection of scholarship recipients. The advisory board includes the following individuals: Aziel Brito Macin (MindSpree, TN), Robbin Eppinga (Dordt College), Molly Faber (Iowa Lakes Community College), Sue Grapevine (Northwest Iowa Community College), Alysia Haveman (Sioux Center Community School District), Laura Janssen (Dordt College), Mike Janssen (Dordt College), Wendy Smith (University of Nebraska Lincoln), Tim Van Soelen (Dordt College), and Wendy Weber (Central College).
For more information about the program, contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Valorie Zonnefeld at email@example.com.