CSU-Pueblo Noyce Scholars program seeks future mathematics teachers

CSU-Pueblo Noyce Scholars program seeks future mathematics teachers

PUEBLO – The Noyce Scholars Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo is successfully addressing the national shortage of mathematics teachers while providing significant financial assistance to individuals who are pursuing a mathematics teaching license.

Students who need college money, dream of teaching K-12 mathematics, or individuals who hold a degree in engineering, mathematics, or science who may want a career change to teaching are encouraged to attend a Noyce Scholars Program information session, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Physics/Mathematics 103 at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Since its inception in 2011, the CSU-Pueblo Noyce Scholarship Program has supported 11  undergraduate students with one or more semesters of support and one student with stipend support.  Currently, three Noyce Scholars are teaching in Pueblo area schools, and two are completing their student teaching this semester.  Next semester, three more of Noyce Scholars will be student teaching.

 “The Noyce Scholarship has helped me in many ways,” said Zack Koshak, a 2012-13 Noyce Scholar.  “It has allowed me to focus solely on my education and not have to stress about working long hours to pay for school. It also has given me confidence that I can be a successful teacher.”

Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to attend the session to prepare for future scholarships and internship opportunities. College juniors and seniors can obtain application forms for the 2014-15 Noyce Scholarships, which offer up to $14,000 annually to complete a mathematics teaching license. One-year stipends of up to $24,000 are available to applicants who already have a degree in mathematics, science, or engineering and who want to pursue a mathematics teaching license.  The CSU-Pueblo Robert Noyce Scholars Program has financial support options available both for full-time and part-time students and also offers paid Summer Internship Programs for freshmen and sophomores who wish to explore the possibility of a teaching career in secondary mathematics.

All scholarship and stipend recipients must commit to teaching two years in a high-needs school district for each year of Noyce scholarship support. Also, mathematics students must hold a 2.75 GPA and be attending either full or part-time. After graduation, mentoring and professional development support will be available through the first two years of teaching as part of the Noyce program.

Noyce scholarships and stipends are offered as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation (Grant Number DUE 1136426). For more information about eligibility requirements for scholarships and stipends, contact Nichols at 549-2642 or janet.nichols@colostate-pueblo.edu.

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