Dordt Noyce Scholars

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Dordt University 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.  


Be challenged. Be changed.



  • A Junior or Senior (at least 54 credits completed) majoring in both science and education at Dordt University.
  • 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.)

Possible STEM Education Majors

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Joint major options

  • Mathematics/Engineering
  • Mathematics/Physics
  • Pick two from Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics

Teaching Obligation

Dordt 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. 

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