Before funds can be distributed, all recipients must attend a FIUteach Noyce Orientation. The date will be announced closer to the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, usually during the 1st week of classes. You will meet fellow FIUteach Noyce scholars and finalize the required paperwork for distribution.
Noyce funding comes in the form of a forgivable loan. Students receiving the scholarship must the maintain satisfactory academic progress, including at least a 2.5 GPA and full-time enrollment. Upon graduation, recipients are required to teach for one year in a highest-need public school for each semester they received the scholarship. Recipients are not required to teach in the State of Florida.
If recipients do not graduate, leave the FIUteach program or do not teach in a highest-need public school, they will be required to repay the total amount of the scholarship received.
Noyce Scholars will be expected to participate in all Cohort Experiences while they are undergraduates. This includes, but is not limited to biweekly seminars and internships.
A highest-need school is characterized by at least one of the following:
- A high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line
- A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach
- A high teacher turnover rate
Recipients also agree to:
- Respond to survey requests
- Maintain contact so that FIUteach can document the fulfillment of the teaching service obligation as required by the National Science Foundation
Time Frame for Completion; Reversion to Loan
Undergraduates must fulfill the service requirement within eight years after completion of the FIU undergraduate degree.
Funding reverts to a loan that must be repaid if the recipient:
- Fails to maintain the required level of academic standing (2.5 cumulative GPA)
- Is dismissed from the program or institution for disciplinary reasons
- Withdraws from the program before completion
- Declares their intent not to meet the service obligation
- Fails to fulfill the teaching service commitment
If any of these circumstances arise before the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the total amount of the funds received must be repaid. If the circumstance arises after the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the amount to be repaid is a proportion of the total scholarship awards received, prorated to reflect partial service completed.