Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Who is eligible to become a Noyce Scholar?

The Noyce Scholarship Program is available for William and Mary undergraduates or graduate students who will obtain teaching certification in science or mathematics. Students must be a science or mathematics major (undergraduates) or have obtained a Bachelor degree in science or math (graduates).

How does one obtain a teaching certification?

Students majoring in science and math can obtain a teaching certification through one of three pathways at William and Mary:

  1. Undergraduates students majoring in science who decide by their junior year to pursue teaching are able to complete general education, content major, teacher education, and clinical requirements within the customary four-year baccalaureate program by applying to the School of Education in addition to their Arts and Science program.
  2. Undergraduate students can pursue an integrated baccalaureate and masters program; students can decide as late as their final semester to apply for admission and actually begin coursework for the masters program in secondary education. By getting a head start on the M.A. Ed., students can reduce time and tuition costs, having two degrees and licenses in hand after five years of study.
  3. Students who have already completed an Arts and Sciences degree from William and Mary or any other accredited institution are eligible to apply for the M.A. Ed. Program-a full-time, 12-month program that leads to licensure and the masters degree.

Which science and math disciplines are included in the William and Mary teaching licensure program?

Students can be certified to teach in one of the following discipline fields: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Mathematics

What financial benefits do Noyce Scholars receive?

  • Noyce scholars receive $15,000 per year
  • Undergraduate students may receive two years funding during their junior and senior years for a total of $30,000 
  • Graduate students may receive one year's funding

What commitments do Noyce Scholars have?

Noyce scholarship recipients must teach for two years in a school within a high-need school district within six years of graduating with a certification in science or math teaching. Teaching in any school within a high-need school district meets this qualification, whether or not the individual school meets the high-need criteria.

If a Noyce Scholar recipient does not meet this teaching requirement, the scholarship must be repaid in part or in full, in proportion to the fulfillment of the teaching commitment met, as described below in the Terms and Conditions. The repayment requirement may be waived under hardship conditions.

What are the deadlines for applications?

The deadlines differ for graduate and undergraduate students. Applications for the Noyce Scholarship for undergraduate students must be completed in mid-February. Graduate students must apply through the School of Education application, which is due mid-January. Check the announcement box or the School of Education website for exact date. School of Education Application Deadlines

Definition of High-Need School District

For the purposes of the agreement between the Noyce Scholar applicant and the College of William and Mary, a "high-need local education agency" is a public school district that meets one of the following definitions:

  1. It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.),
  2. It has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  3. It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.

Repayment for Failure to Meet Service Obligation

The recipient agrees to repay to W&M the amount of the scholarship if he or she does not--

  1. Meet the service obligation or reporting requirements identified above in "Recipient's Retention of Scholarship Assistance for Meeting the Service Obligation;" or
  2. Receive a waiver or suspension of this obligation as explained below in "Discharge of a Required Payment."

If the scholarship recipient does not fulfill his or her service obligation within six (6) years by teaching for two years in a high-need local educational agency for each year he or she received scholarship support, the recipient becomes obligated to fully repay the scholarship within six (6) years after his or her date of graduation from W&M. If the scholarship recipient withdraws from W&M prior to graduation, the recipient becomes obligated to repay the scholarship six (6) months after his or her withdrawal from W&M. If upon graduation from W&M, the scholarship recipient teaches in a high-need local educational agency for a period that is less than the period of his or her service obligation, the recipient becomes responsible for repayment of the percentage of the period for which the service obligation was not fulfilled.

Example: An individual receives a scholarship in the total amount of $10,000 to attend W&M. The individual graduates from W&M and works in a high-need local educational agency for one full school year. The individual then moves and takes a teaching position in a school district that is not high-need.

If the individual remains in the district that is not high-need, then six (6) years after graduation, the individual has fulfilled one-half of his or her service obligation and so must immediately repay one-half of the scholarship.

Until the scholarship recipient either satisfies the service obligation or repays the scholarship, the recipient agrees to provide W&M a current home address and telephone number and a current work address and telephone number, as well as other needed identifying information. In addition, the recipient understands that W&M and the high-need LEA are or will be using the recipient's social security number so that W&M can, if necessary, secure payment of these amounts from the recipient if he or she fails to meet the service obligation.

Discharge of a Required Repayment

W&M will waive or suspend an obligation to repay the scholarship of a scholarship recipient who has died or who demonstrates to W&M's satisfaction that, because of permanent physical or mental disability or some other extraordinary circumstance, he or she is not employable as a teacher. Upon receipt of acceptable documentation and approval of the discharge request, W&M returns to the scholarship recipient, or for a discharge of death, the recipient's estate, those payments received after the date the eligibility requirements for the discharge were met and prior to the date the discharge was approved. W&M also returns any payments received after the date the discharge was approved.


Sponsored by The National Science Foundation (Agency Award Number:DUE1758419)