The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by encouraging talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and STEM professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. This National Science Foundation supported program provides funding for scholarships and stipends in exchange for two years of service teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts.
Two-thirds of the Nation's K12 teachers are expected to retire or leave the profession over the coming decade, so it is estimated that the Nation's schools will need to hire more than 2 million teachers during that period, including over 200,000 middle and high school mathematics and science teachers (National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, 2000; Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century, 2006). Teachers' content knowledge, particularly in science and mathematics, is an important factor in determining student achievement (Goldhaber and Brewer, 1996, National Research Council, 2001). The need to recruit science, mathematics, and engineering majors into teaching is reflected in the goal of the American Competitiveness Initiative to have 100,000 highly qualified teachers by 2015 (Office of Science and Technology Policy, 2006) and the recommendations of the National Academies' report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century, 2006).*
*This is from the National Science Foundation Program solicitation. For more info on program solicitations visit www.nsf.gov.