Noyce Scholarship

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Educating Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers for High Needs Schools

The Noyce Scholarship is a collaborative effort between The School of Education, School of Engineering, The College of Humanities and Sciences, John Tyler Community College and J. S. Reynolds Community College in partnership with area school districts including the City of Richmond, Henrico County and Chesterfield County. It provides scholarships to STEM majors interested in teaching in high-needs districts.

Application for M.T. students

Meet our Noyce Scholars

For some background information on our current crop of Noyce Scholars, including a brief interview with each, please visit our Noyce Scholars webpage.

Eligibility Requirements for a Noyce Scholar

Noyce is only accepting applicants that can start a masters program in the fall.

Post- Baccalaureate Applicant Requirements:

• GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Major in a STEM area
• Passing scores on PRAXIS I or SAT scores of 1100 or higher (550 on Math)
• Passing scores on PRAXIS II exam
• Commit to teaching science or mathematics in a high needs school district for at least two years for every year funding is received
• US citizen or legal resident

Application Process

If you are interested in the Noyce M.T. Program, here is what you need to do:

  1. Apply to a Master's of Teaching program in the School of Education.
  2. Apply to the Noyce Scholarship using this link and send letters of recommendation (via email to or mail to VCU Department of Teaching and Learning, Attention: NOYCE, 1015 West Main Street, P.O. Box 842020, Richmond, VA 23284-2020.
  3. Apply to Richmond Teacher Residency if interested.


• Receive funding of up to $24,000 towards VCU’s Master of Teaching (MT) degree.
• A high quality teacher preparation program focusing on preparing teachers for urban and rural, high needs schools.
• Training in teaching strategies to adapt curriculum to meet the diverse needs of integrated classrooms.
• Experience a year-long clinical experience in a high needs school under the guidance of highly-trained master teachers (Noyce Teaching Fellows) from our partner districts.
• Receive on-going mentor support from university faculty during the first two years of teaching.

Take advantage of the opportunity to help those students who need you the most!

It is up to you– Apply for a VCU NOYCE Scholarship today!


Summary of lesson plans presented by 2016-2017 Noyce scholars at the VAST Conference. Individual lesson plans and teaching materials available below:


Leaf Disk Lab
Lesson plan
Lab directions
Inquiry sheet

Macromolecule Models
Lesson plan


Understanding the Poly-Density Bottle
Lesson plan

Earth Science

The Rock Cycle
Lesson plan

Raffle Ticket Solar System
Lesson plan

Physical Science

Conservation of Energy (Potential and Kinetic)
Lesson plan

What is a High Needs District?

What is a High Need District?

A local educational agency that serves a secondary school located in an area in which there is…
• 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 the teachers were trained to teach; or
• A high teacher turnover rate.

Teaching in a high-needs school can be highly rewarding for teachers looking to make a difference.

VCU Noyce Partners

VCU is excited to have a collaborative effort between the School of Education, the School of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Sciences in partnership with area community colleges and school districts including:

STEM Faculty

Jacqueline T. McDonnough, Ph.D., associate professor, Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Fax: (804) 828-5639

Christine P. Trinter, Ph.D., assistant professor, Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828.1305
Fax: (804) 828-5639

Rosalyn H. Hargraves, Ph.D., associate professor, Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-8308
Fax: (804) 828-9866

Contact Information

VCU Department of Teaching and Learning
Attention: NOYCE
1015 West Main Street
PO BOX 842020
Richmond, VA 23284-2020
804.828.5639 fax

Or Email:
Dr. Jacqueline McDonnough
Dr. Christine Trinter
Dr. Rosalyn Hargraves