Edinboro University has received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program grant to help address the nationwide shortage of secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) educators.
The funds will be used to increase the number of math and science educators prepared to teach in high-need urban and rural school districts.
“This funding is a testament to Edinboro University’s strength in the STEM fields, as well as our top-notch teacher preparation program,” said Dr. James Fisher, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Edinboro has a long history of producing graduates who go on to make the world a better place. This award will enable us to continue that legacy by preparing teachers who go where the need is greatest.”
Over the next five years, the grant will provide $17,150 scholarships to high-achieving undergraduate STEM scholars during their fourth and fifth years at the University. The 4+1 model will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, mathematics, physics or biology and a Pennsylvania secondary teaching certification.
Additionally, 12 graduates, who already hold a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM field will each receive a $30,000 stipend to earn a teaching certification.
The Edinboro University Noyce Teaching Scholarship will be jointly administered by expert faculty in the College of Science and Health Professions and the School of Education.
“As the demand for qualified teachers continues to grow, Edinboro University remains committed to the support and success of regional, rural and urban school districts,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, interim dean of Edinboro’s nationally recognized School of Education. “This funding will produce life-changing pathways for future leaders in the field of secondary STEM education.”
Since its founding in 1857 as the Edinboro Academy, a private training school for Pennsylvania teachers, Edinboro University has been at the forefront of teacher preparation.
For more information about enrolling in Edinboro University’s nationally recognized degree programs or to learn more about the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program, email ENTS@edinboro.edu.