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Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program


Preparing secondary STEM teachers to teach in high-need schools

Do you enjoy math and science and want to make a difference in the lives of kids? Have you ever thought about being a middle school or high school teacher? The Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program provides scholarships to encourage and support talented STEM majors to become 6-12 math and science teachers. The goal of this program is to develop highly qualified STEM teachers who are committed to teaching in high-need school districts. Apply by May 1, 2022 for priority consideration for the Fall 2022 cohort.

Read the news article about this $1.2 million NSF grant and Lipscomb University's work to recruit future educators.

About the Program

This program is funded through the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program and is a joint collaboration between Lipscomb's College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Noyce Scholars receive the following:

  • Up to $16,500 per year in scholarship money during their junior and senior years
  • Professional development opportunities in STEM education and culturally responsive teaching
  • Support for passing teaching licensure exams
  • Mentoring support throughout their training at Lipscomb and during their first years of teaching

Scholarship recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. Community college transfer students are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicant Qualifications

Students who meet the following qualifications are eligible to apply for this scholarship:

  • Citizen of US or permanent resident
  • Current undergraduate sophomore/junior-level student or have completed a minimum of 45 hours of undergraduate work
  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field (biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering, computer science)
  • Currently have a 2.75 or better overall grade-point average, with a 2.75 or better average in STEM courses
  • Must plan to obtain teacher certification upon completion of the program

The Scholarship Committee will interview Noyce finalists in order to determine scholarship recipients. Students selected as Noyce Scholars must be willing to sign a legally-binding agreement to teach in high-need middle or high schools for two years for each year of scholarship is received. Failure to comply will result in the scholarships reverting to student loans as per federal regulations.

Continuing eligibility requirements for Scholars include:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA, overall and within major
  • Continue to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field with teaching certification 
  • Participate in mandatory scholarship activities, such as the Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Orientation week prior to the fall semester, monthly seminars and other enrichment activities

How to Apply

Download Scholarship Application

In order to apply, candidates should do the following:

  • Complete and submit the application
  • Provide two references for a scholarship recommendation. (One recommendation needs to be from an instructor of an undergraduate STEM course).
  • Submit an official transcript from any prior undergraduate institutions
  • Submit a 500 word essay detailing why you are interested in STEM teaching as a profession and passion.

You may contact Dr. Kara Krinks at with any questions. Application deadline for priority consideration is May 1, 2022.

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Meet Our Faculty

Kara Krinks

Dr. Kara Krinks


Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Principal Investigator for the Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program.

Brandon Banes

Dr. Brandon Banes


Assistant Professor of Mathematics and a Co-Principal Investigator for the Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program

Tamera Klingbyll

Ms. Tamera Klingbyll


Instructor of Biology and a Co-Principal Investigator for the Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program

Emily Medlock

Dr. Emily Medlock


Associate Professor of Education and a Co-Principal Investigator for the Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program

Rebekah Tran

Rebekah Tran


Assessment Manager & Data Analyst for the College of Education and the Program Manager for the Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program

Meet Our Scholars

Ellie Smith

Ellie Smith

Elllie Smith is from Georgetown, KY and is majoring in Biology Teaching! Ellie wants to be a teacher that can provide future students with the keys to get them where they want to go and encourage them along the way!

Sarah Antonio

Sarah Antonio

Sarah Antonio is from Simi Valley, California. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Teaching.