Physics and Astronomy

Noyce Scholarship Information

The MTSU Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is sponsored by National Science Foundation, and seeks to encourage talented students in physics and mathematics to pursue careers in high school teaching.

What does the scholarship offer?

  • $20,000 for students that prepare to teach high school in a single subject, either physics or mathematics ($10K for each of the last two years of school). 
  • $30,000 for students that prepare to teach high school in both subjects, physics and mathematics ($15K for each of the last two years of school).

Who is eligible?

  • Full-time MTSU students within two years of graduating that major in either physics or mathematics, and that pursue teaching credentials by participating in the MTeach teacher education program. 
  • Students must earn a grade of A or B in the introductory year of calculus (calculus I and II), and physics (algebra or calculus based) if pursing credentials in physics
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0

What are student responsibilities?

  • Noyce scholars agree to teach in a "high needs" school district for two years for each year that they accept the scholarship. The high school can be anywhere in the U.S., and graduates have eight years to complete this requirement. 
  • School districts can be identified as high needs based on multiple criteria. In practice, most school districts are "high needs," including Rutherford County Schools, and opportunities are abundant.

What should interested students do?

Noyce Applications


Curriculum Guides


Scholarship Agreement and Promissory Note