Philadelphia Regional Noyce Scholarship Program (PRNP-S) is extended!
Applications for 2023-24 accepted as of December 1, 2022. Take advantage of this scholarship now! Application Deadline is July 1, 2023!
PRISE was awarded a $1.45 million National Science Foundation collaborative 5-year grant to recruit, prepare and retain STEM Teachers. After 5 years, the program has recruited 31 scholars and has supported 59 new STEM teachers through a 3 year new teacher support professional learning community.
Six of our PRISE partner institutions were involved in this project: Arcadia University, Bryn Mawr College, Community College of Philadelphia, LaSalle University, Saint Joseph’s University and Temple University. Saint Joseph’s University is the lead institution on this project. Dr. Tanya Berezovski is the Principal Investigator. In year 2 of the program, which is now in a no-cost extension year, PRISE entered into a fee for service agreement with West Chester University (WCU) in which WCU’s Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly Woodrow Wilson Foundation) Fellows would be participants in the new teacher support program. This partnership is on-going.
- Increasing the number of STEM majors that enter and remain in teaching in high-need schools in the Philadelphia region
- Increasing the social capital of Noyce program participants at all levels
- Increasing Noyce teachers’ understanding of Culturally Responsive Teaching practices
- Increasing Noyce teachers’ knowledge of Education for Sustainability content and pedagogical practices
In order to fulfill these goals, PRNP-S implemented a number of program activities that took place within a learning community structure and included a focus on social capital building, culturally responsive teaching and education for sustainability:
1. Scholar Learning Community. A year-long cohort based learning community that brings together preservice Noyce scholars supplementing the preparation they receive at their institution’s teacher preparation program. (Henceforth, we use the term scholar to refer to the pre-service teachers.)
2. First Year New Teacher Learning Community. A year-long cohort based learning community that follows new Noyce teachers into their first year of service providing them with targeted induction and mentoring support.
3. Second Year New Teacher Learning Community. A year-long cohort based learning community that supports Noyce teachers’ transition into their second year of service, facilitates their use of in-school collaborators and helps them assume leadership roles in their schools.
Currently, we have 3 cohorts participating in this program including 20 second year teachers, 14 first year teachers and 8 pre-service teachers. Read more about this in the New Teacher Support Program section.
The program design will ensure a critical mass of interns, scholars and new teachers in each cohort year, something that is not achievable at any one of the partner institutions. The collaboration will ensure that robust recruitment activities and support programming takes place and will provide participants with a collaborative STEM community on which to rely as they advance professionally.
- Awardees receive up to $25,000 in scholarship based on the cost of attendance to be used during the student teaching year of their secondary education certification program. Amounts have varied over the years based on institutional cost to attend as well as budgetary considerations.
Individualized support for 3 years that includes 10 monthly meetings a year in a cohort-based learning community (PLC)
Mentoring from a seasoned mentor in the same discipline when funding was available, or case management from PLC facilitators
Access to faculty from 6 area schools of higher education
Opportunities to participate in professional development and to build social capital
Assistance in finding a teaching job in a high need school in the Philadelphia area
Eligibility: To apply for the PRNP-Scholarship, a student must be a math or science major accepted into a secondary teacher certification program in one of the partner institutions listed above. Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens. Candidates should contact the secondary teacher certification program of their choice prior to submitting their application for the Noyce Scholarship to determine the exact requirements for that program so there is a clear understanding of what the applicant needs in order to complete the certification program.
Requirements: Awardees must commit to teaching for 2 years in a high-need school district or the scholarship becomes a repayable loan. Awardees have up to 4 years to fulfill their Noyce teaching obligation before the scholarship reverts to a loan. In addition to teaching for 2 years in a high need school district, Noyce Scholarship Awardees are expected to attend monthly learning community meetings alongside scholars from other partner institutions during their student teaching year and the first two years of their in-service teaching.
Commitment to Diversity: We believe that the field of STEM education benefits greatly when teachers reflect the diversity of those they teach. We highly value diversity and encourage minorities and members of under-represented groups to apply.
How to Apply for the PRNP Teacher Scholarship:
- Complete the application form
- Submit a personal essay, a resume, and current transcript. You can upload these to the application form.
- Complete and submit a Plan of Study for the certification program you plan to attend. Sample Plan of Study
- Submit two letters of recommendation. Each should address your STEM competency and/or ability to teach. Recommendations can come from faculty, work supervisor, coach, etc. They should be submitted to Bonnie Hallam, [email protected]. Please send the Recommendation Request to your recommenders. 2023-24 PRNP-S-Recommendation-Request
- Participate in an interview with the PRNP Scholarship Selection Committee if selected to move forward.
|Application Process Opens||October 15, 2022|
|Round I Submission Deadline||March 1, 2023|
|Round I Interviews||March 15 – March 26, 2023|
|Round I Application Award Notification||April 1, 2023|
|Round I Application Award Acceptance Deadline||April 16, 2023|
|Round II Submission Deadline||
Applications will be considered after March 1, 2023 until July 1, 2023
|Round II Interviews|
|Round II Application Award Notification|
|Round II Application Award Acceptance Deadline|
If you have any general questions about the PRNP, please contact Bonnie Hallam, PRNP-S Project Coordinator at [email protected]
Tanya Berezovski, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Program in Mathematics Education, Saint Joseph’s University.
The Scholarship is funded by a five year award (#1758353) from the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Scholarship program to encourage math and science majors to teach in high need schools. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. NSF FAQs about the Noyce Scholarship