HAYS – Twelve science and math students at Fort Hays State University have been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Noyce Scholarship for the upcoming school year.
This scholarship is designed to help support high-achieving math and science students who want to become secondary or middle level teachers after graduation.
The scholarship is a ‘cost-of-attendance’ scholarship worth over $13,000 per year and a stipend to attend state or regional conferences.
Students also enroll in a seminar class to discuss teaching in rural schools, attend a week-long field experience trip at a school in southwest Kansas, and are all members of the STEM-Ed Club here at FHSU.
FHSU is awarding six new students this scholarship, as well as six second-year students. Overall, FHSU will have awarded Noyce Scholarships to 38 students over the past seven years.
“Our program so far has been very successful at identifying and nurturing promising young teachers to not only begin in the STEM teaching field, but also to stick with it through those first few tough years,” said Dr. Bill Weber, assistant professor of mathematics.
Area students include: Seth Boxberger, Russell sophomore majoring in mathematics and secondary education; Kole Clarke, Lyons junior majoring in biology and secondary education; Cayla Steinert, Olmitz junior majoring in biology and secondary education.