College of Education: Preparing Teachers and Education Professionals
Mathematics and Science Education Noyce Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the ECU Noyce Scholars Program?
The East Carolina University (ECU) Mathematics and Science Education Noyce Scholars Program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, prepares new science and mathematics teachers who are committed to teaching in middle or high school located in a high-need school district. 

2. What supports do ECU Noyce Scholars receive? How can the scholarship funds be used?
Undergraduate ECU Noyce Scholars receive $10,000 per year for up to two years (Junior and Senior years). Graduate ECU Noyce Scholars receive $17,680 for one year while pursuing the MAT in Science Education or Middle Grades Education (concentration in mathematics or science).  Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books, transportation, and housing while pursuing your studies at ECU.

3. Who is eligible to receive an ECU Noyce Scholarship?
All candidates for the ECU Noyce Scholarship must be East Carolina University students (current students or those who have proof of acceptance by ECU) in good standing who are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Undergraduate juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or greater and who are pursuing a major in mathematics or science AND teacher licensure are eligible. At this time, North Carolina Teaching Fellows are not eligible for the ECU Noyce Scholarship. Graduate students who have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or science and who are pursuing the MAT in Science Education or Middle Grades Education (concentration in mathematics or science) are eligible. All applicants must fully complete the application process.

4. How do I apply for the ECU Noyce Scholarship and how are decisions made?
If you meet the eligibility requirements and are committed to meeting the teaching service obligation requirements, please complete the ECU Noyce Scholars application form (see “Application” link at the left). Once your complete application packet is received and reviewed by ECU Noyce Scholars faculty, you may be contacted for an interview. Since scholarship funding is limited, it is important to apply early.

5. Is there a teaching commitment tied to the money?
Yes. Students who receive Noyce Scholars funds must teach at a school in a high-needs school district for a period of two years for each year receiving Noyce funds. The federal definition of a “high-needs school district” can change from year-to-year, but currently 34 of the 35 schools in the ECU Latham Clinical Schools Network (see Partners link at the left) are designated as high needs.

6. Where may I go for additional information on the ECU Noyce Scholars program?
If you have questions that cannot be answered from the website, please contact Ron Preston ( or 252-328-9355) who will provide information or get you in touch with the most appropriate Noyce team member.