Frequently Asked Questions



What does STEM mean?
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 

Who is eligible?
See the separate page on eligibility. 

How do I apply?
Download and complete the application form.

During what year can I apply for the Noyce Scholarship?
Sophomores and Juniors in college who meet the criteria can apply for the Noyce Scholarship for their Junior or Senior year. Graduate students can apply to receive one year of stipend.

How do I submit reference letters?
Reference letters should be sealed with writer's initials on seal. See further details on the application page.

I am a current Noyce Scholar and would like to re-apply next year. Do I have to submit an entire new application with new letters of recommendation?
When reapplying, a new application and new letters are not required; however the student may submit new material (e.g., new statement of purpose or reference letters) if they would like. Some past awardees of year-two scholarships have submitted new applications, or added new letters of reference to their previous applications, while others did not.

How will a Noyce scholarship affect my financial aid?
If your financial aid plus the Noyce scholarship exceeds the total cost of attendance at Ithaca College, then your financial aid award will be reduced by the amount that exceeds the cost of attendance. Monies that would be affected first would be student loans and then grants. 

I am a transfer student. Should I send my transcript from the school from which I transferred?
Yes, copies of transcripts from all previous schools are necessary. For the application it can be a copy(ies) of the original(s).

When will I find out if I was chosen to receive the scholarship?
Applications will be reviewed and determinations will be made in March. Letters will be sent to all applicants' permanent addresses at the end of March.

What if I cannot find a job in a high needs school?
If you cannot find a job in a high-needs district, then your scholarship will be converted into a loan which you will pay back according to terms detailed in the agreement you sign prior to accepting the Noyce Scholarship.  You will have 8 years to complete your obligation to teach in a high-needs district.  

Is there a list of schools that qualify?
Please contact the Noyce Project Members at

What if I do not get hired at a school or cannot find an opening?
Scholarship recipients have eight years to fulfill the teaching requirement. In some instances it is understood the requirement may not be met. In this instance: 1) The scholarship amount could be paid back plus a fixed annual interest rate; or 2) The scholarship committee would review the case to determine whether sufficient attempts at meeting the obligations were made.

How many years do I need to teach in a high-need school district?
For every year of scholarship received, the recipient will teach in a high-need school district for two years.

Will I be placed in a particular school or location?
No, the Noyce Scholar is not placed. While it must be in a high-need district, the Scholar is free to choose in what location he/she applies for positions. The Noyce Project Coordinator can help the Scholar determine if the school is high-need.

Do I have to teach in NYS?
While there is a big demand in NYS for the best science and math teachers, Noyce Scholars can teach in any qualified school throughout the United States. The project coordinator can assist in determining if the school district qualifies.