Four Corners Noyce Scholars Application

National Science Foundation

FCNS Scholarships for Junior and Senior level STEM majors who pursue teacher certification in conjunction with their STEM major

FCNS is intentionally designed for the professional preparation of teachers who have the skills and experienced to be successful in schools in the Four Corners region. As you may know, like many low income and rural areas of the US, our Four Corners region is at a near crisis level for recruiting and retaining highly qualified math and science teachers. Due to these needs, our program awards scholarships to STEM students that want to become teachers and who will begin and hopefully pursue their careers in high-needs schools in rural and diverse communities. Program activities and academic preparation will equip teachers to bring equity and understanding to the classroom, while acknowledging how factors from outside the classroom may still impact student learning.

Scholarship recipients will benefit from extra training, networking with other scholars, mentoring opportunities with other teachers, and access to additional classroom resources. In turn, scholarship recipients are expected to teach two years in a high-need school for each year of scholarship. Failure to do so will result in needing to pay back the scholarship.

Application for Award Period 2021 – 2022

Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a STEM* major with interest in K-12 teaching
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in STEM major; GPA of 3.0 overall
  • Has never been a K-12 teacher of record
  • For each year of scholarship, two years of teaching in a high need district are required after completion of the program

Application Materials

  • Completed Application
  • Academic References with contact information
  • Cover Letter describing experience and/or interest in STEM teaching
  • Two year course plan for STEM degree completion that may or may not include student teaching
  • Unofficial Transcript (pdf from WebOpus)

Academic References

Two listed references with contact information is required as part of the application. One of these references must be a STEM instructor or faculty member that can speak to your potential as a STEM major Please contact your references and ask their permission prior to submitting your application.

Cover Letter

Some questions to consider while writing a cover letter include: What are your interests in STEM?
Why have you chosen to pursue a teaching career in STEM? What, if any, experience and background do you have in teaching or working with children/youth? What, if any, experience do you have in working or volunteering in the Four Corners region?

*Qualifying STEM majors include: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, engineering, geology, math, or environmental science


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