Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018
One of the main goals of the IQ:STEM Noyce Scholars program at Westminster is recruiting individuals with strong STEM backgrounds who might not have otherwise considered a career in teaching. Current STEM majors interested in education are invited to come learn more about the scholarship program during an information session on Feb. 12 at 11:40 a.m. in Hoyt 150.
Due to its flexible short term commitment, a highlight of IQ:STEM is that the rest of each scholar’s career path is completely in their hands. Some scholars continue making a positive impact in the lives of students in areas of high need, while others move on to different school districts or pursue different careers altogether. However, for sophomore biology major Maggie Manolis joining IQ:STEM will come full circle for her as future educator.
“I come from a high needs school district and I want to encourage students that they too can pursue a successful career in science no matter where they came from,” said Manolis. “IQ:STEM program will help me to pursue this goal.”
Junior mathematics major Jacob Stoyer said joining IQ:STEM is helping him become both the teacher and mentor he aspires to be.
“I joined the IQ:STEM Program in hopes of becoming a more well-rounded teacher and person,” Stoyer said. “Through my experiences and the opportunities the program has provided, I have learned ways to connect to people from all different backgrounds different than mine.”
Noyce Scholars receive stipends to attend/present at both Noyce Scholar conferences and conferences in their respective disciplines. In addition, each scholar is awarded a $15,000 grant for tuition, room and board during their junior and senior year. Stipends are also awarded to help offset certification tests and teacher workshop expenses. In return, each Noyce Scholars commit to two years of teaching in an area of high need for each year of support received.
To all current student interested in becoming a Noyce Scholar, applications are due Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Completed applications may be emailed to: email@example.com or hand delivered/mailed to:
Noyce Scholarship Committee, c/o Karen Resendes
New Wilmington, PA 16172
Prospective Noyce Scholars must complete an application with (a) three recommendations, (b) an essay, and (c) transcripts indicating minimum GPA of 3.0. Strong applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee.
For more information, contact Dr. Karen Resendes at firstname.lastname@example.org.