Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I teach?
Noyce scholars can teach anywhere in the United States. They can teach in a rural or an urban district as long as it meets the criteria of high-need.
What is a high-need district?
The term “a high-need local educational agency” as defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021) means a local educational agency (school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:
- 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 they were trained to teach; or
- a high teacher turnover rate.
I majored in science, but not physics, chemistry, or biology specifically. Can I still apply?
Definitely! The Noyce Scholarships can be awarded to individuals who majored in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). You should contact us for more specific comments regarding your personal situation.
I have a background in engineering. Can I still apply?
Yes, whether you are a recent graduate of an engineering program or a practicing engineer, it is likely that Project PSUNS is right for you! You should contact us for more specific comments regarding your personal situation.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply?
Noyce scholars must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens. However, non-U.S. citizens can apply to Boston University’s School of Education and earn a degree to teach. Click here for more information.
How can I find out if a district is high-need?
- Use web-search engines and enter “high-need districts in ______________(your state)”
- Examine public record data for a district to see if it meets the high-need criteria
- Contact the administration at the school. They usually know whether or not they qualify as high-need.