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These scholarships to the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program are intended for students receiving Bachelor's degrees in four high-needs STEM fields: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Engineering/Engineering Technology.    These will be one-year scholarships covering tuition, fees, and some living expenses. Students that are double majoring in two of the targeted subject areas will be given preference for the scholarships. For the 2020/2021 school year, we will NOT be able to award any Noyce MAT scholarships for Computer Science students (but will hopefully be able to for the 2021/2022 school year). 

Students who receive one of these Noyce scholarships are required to teach for two years at a high needs school after completing their MAT degree.   

The goal of the Noyce program is to recruit high-performing STEM students into the teaching profession.   With the Noyce program, we are specifically targeting students who are not already enrolled in a teacher education program at ETSU. 

Students must be U.S. Citizens or Nationals, or Permanent Residents, to receive a Noyce scholarship.  To be awarded a Noyce scholarship, students must have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2, and a minimum GPA in their major of 3.0.

For more information about the ETSU Masters of Arts in Teaching program, click here.

If you haven't already discussed the MAT program with Dr. Ryan Nivens, the new Director of the MAT program, or Dr. Aimee Govett, the outgoing Director of the program, contact them as soon as possible via to discuss the requirements for the MAT program.     In your email, include your major, your year in school, and dates and times you would be available to meet with Dr. Nivens about the MAT program.    Meeting with Dr. Nivens early in the MAT application process will make the process go more smoothly and will help you better plan your schedule.  If you have specific questions about the Noyce program, contact the Director of the Noyce program, Dr. Beverly Smith, at .

NOTE: Before being awarded a Noyce scholarship to the MAT program, students must pass the required Praxis II exam for their subject area. To learn more about the Praxis II exam, click here. Passing this exam is a requirement for admission into the MAT program.    In addition to passing this exam, finalists for the Noyce scholarship will be invited for an interview, and will need to pass a background check before the scholarship is awarded.

To apply for the Noyce MAT scholarship, application forms will soon be available.  The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

We encourage students applying for the Noyce scholarship to consider the ETSU Accelerated-Bachelor's-to-Masters program, however, this is not a requirement for the Noyce scholarship. Contact Dr. Govett well in advance at if you are considering the ABM program as a prequel for the MAT program.  In the ABM program, students can take some of the required MAT courses in their last year as an undergraduate, before officially entering the MAT program. 

Note:  In addition to Noyce Scholarships, there are other forms of financial assistance available for students enrolled in the MAT program.   These include Tuition Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships and other scholarships.  Candidates for the Noyce Scholarship should apply for these as well.  Other scholarships for graduate students (especially note the Quillen Scholarship) are listed here. Contact Dr. Nivens for more information about these options.

For more information about the ETSU Noyce program in general (including the Noyce internship program), click here or contact Dr. Beverly Smith at  or 423-439-8418.

For students who have been awarded a Noyce scholarship, a copy of the Scholarship Agreement/Promissory Note is available here.  Note that in accepting a Noyce scholarship, you are committing to two years of teaching at a high needs school.   If you do not complete this teaching requirement, you are required to pay the U.S. government back the entire cost of the scholarship (including both the tuition and the stipend).  Before you sign this form to accept the scholarship, read it carefully.

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