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CWU Robert Noyce SMART Scholar Program Overview

The CWU Robert Noyce SMART (Science and Mathematics Alliance for the Retention of Teachers) Scholar Program seeks to encourage talented science and mathematics majors to become K-12 science and mathematics teachers, especially those from underrepresented groups. One- or two-year SMART scholarships, $16,000 and $35,000 respectively, are available to CWU junior and senior mathematics and science majors enrolled full-time and seeking endorsement in biology, chemistry, earth science, middle level mathematics and science, mathematics, physics, or science . One-year SMART scholarships are available to professionals with a baccalaureate degree in science or mathematics who are in the year prior to completing their certification requirements for endorsement in biology, chemistry, earth science, middle level mathematics and science, mathematics, physics, or science.

What are the benefits of being a SMART Scholar?

  • $16,000 for one year scholarship or $35,000 for two year scholarship
  • Year-long teaching internship with a mentor teacher in a partner school
  • Mentoring and professional development seminars to improve teaching and learning
  • Access to a professional network
  • The Robert Noyce Scholars program is prestigious and nationally recognized


SMART Scholar Program requirements

  • Teach two years in a high need school district for every year of funding. Failure to complete this requirement will result in the scholarship reverting to a loan with repayments pro-rated to reflect any partial teaching service
  • Register for and participate in academic year seminars (1 credit per quarter)
  • Attend a three-day Noyce SMART Summer Institute
  • Participate in a one-year teaching internship in a high-need school
  • Participate in research and teaching experiences

Who should apply?

  • Sophomores, juniors and transfer students interested in teaching middle or high school science or mathematics having:
    1. A declared major in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Mathematics, Middle Level Mathematics and Science, or Physics
    2. Completed at least 90 quarter credits at the time of the scholarship award
    3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in major
    4. U.S. citizenship or who is a U.S. national or permanent resident
  • Professionals with a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics or physics interested in teaching middle or high school having:
    1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for degree
    2. U.S. citizenship or who is a U.S. national or permanent resident

Application Materials

Deadline for 2016-2017 applications: We will not be taking applications for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Application Instructions 
Application Form 
Reference Form

On-going Scholarship Requirements

  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in major
  • Full participation and successful completion of each of the required components listed above
  • Receive a positive recommendation from the mentor team regarding internship performance

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Martha Kurtz: email, 509-963-2622, Dean Hall 130J