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Noyce Scholars

Be a part of redefining science and math education in Chicago Public Schools—while earning financial support.

The LUC-Noyce Scholars program aims to prepare a diverse and talented group of science and math teachers who can make a positive difference in the lives and education of high school students in high-need schools and districts. Loyola students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in secondary education can earn up to $40,000 for committing to help solve Chicago’s shortage of qualified and dedicated math and science educators.

Check out videos from Noyce Scholars and Fellows to learn more about the great work being done and hear their stories!

Midwest Conference 2023

Meet your Noyce Project Team

Lara SmetanaScience Education

Julie Jacobi, Center for Science & Math Education

Mary Beth Talbot, Center for Science & Math Education

Eric Chang, Mathematics

Michael Grillo, Biology

Sandra Helquist, Chemistry

Tania Schulser, School of Environmental Sustainability

Megan Leider, LUC-Noyce Mentoring Program

Krishna Millsapp, LUC-Noyce Mentoring Program

Kayla Cherry, STEM Coach

Saswati Koya, STEM Coach

LUC Noyce Scholar Alumni Profile

Meet Adam Davenport and Audrey Brinkers and learn how they're making a difference in Chicago Public Schools. Click to read the full interviews:

Scholarship Details

One Year
Two Years

Tuition support: $25,000

Obligated years of service: two years

Tuition Support: $20,000/year ($40,000 total)

Obligated years of service: four years


Service Obligation

In exchange for each year of financial support, LUC-Noyce Scholars are obligated to teach in a Chicago Public School high school of their choice, or in another eligible high-need school district in the United States. The program works with CPS to identify schools where students can offer the most impact and find the best preparation for their future careers. If the service obligation is not fully completed, the balance of financial support will be treated as a loan the student must repay.


A high-need school district is one that meets at least one of the following criteria in each of the sections A and B below:


i. not less than 20% of the children served by the agency are from low-income families;

ii. serves at least 10,000 children from low-income families;

iii. is eligible for funding under the Small, Rural School Achievement Program under 20 U.S.C. 7345(b); or

iv. is eligible for funding under the Rural and Low-Income School Program under 20 U.S.C. 7351(b);



i. has a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the academic subject areas or grade levels in which the teachers were trained to teach; or

ii. has a high teacher turnover rate or a high percentage of teachers with emergency, provisional, or temporary certification or licensure

Interested in Applying?

Want to learn more about eligibility and application requirements? Visit our Apply page!

Interested in Applying?

Want to learn more about eligibility and application requirements? Visit our Apply page!