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Scholarships available for future math and science teachers

Interested in switching your major from Arts and Science to Education?

The Southeast Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science has approximately $100,000 in scholarship funds for prospective middle level and high school math and science teachers who seek an initial license.

College juniors, seniors and graduate students seeking a teaching career in science or mathematics may be eligible to receive The Robert Noyce Scholarship for up to $17,000 per academic year for two years total.

"The program provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors and STEM professionals to enter and complete teacher credentialing programs," said Al Cote, SEOCEMS coordinator.

These scholarships may be utilized at Ohio University, Shawnee State University , or the University of Rio Grande. Recipients of the scholarship must be seeking an initial teaching license in science and or mathematics with plans to teach middle school or high school math or science in a high-need Ohio Appalachia school district.

Special consideration will be given to first generation college students who are residents of an Ohio Appalachian county. Students also seeking a teaching license in physical science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship recipients must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Applications for the upcoming 2012-13 academic school year are now being accepted. Scholarship application reviews will begin on April 30 and recipients will be notified by mid-May if selected.

"The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, authorized under the National Science Foundation, responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by encouraging talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and STEM professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools," Cote said.

For an application and additional information, please visit www.seocems.org and click on the Noyce link or contact Al Cote at cote@ohio.edu.