Fresno State’s Growing Outstanding Teachers of Mathematics (GOTMath)
Scholarships for Mathematics Majors in the Integrated Credential Option
Application consideration will begin 7/15/19 and will remain open until all scholarships are awarded.
Fresno State’s NSF awarded Noyce Scholarship program entitled Growing Outstanding Teachers of Mathematics (GOTMath) program provides a two-year scholarship which is intended to financially support students in their junior and senior years in the Mathematics Integrated Credential Program. Recipients must commit to completion of two years of service as mathematics teachers for each year that a scholarship is received. This service obligation must be met within 8 years after preliminary credential is received by obtaining a full-time teaching employment contract in a high need school as defined by one or more ofthe following:
- It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free or reduced price lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.); or
- It has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
- It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.
Please note: it is also expected that students will maintain full-time, uninterrupted progress toward completion of the mathematics degree with Integrated Credential Option.
Forfeiture or Default
Noyce Scholars who fail to meet program requirements and/or the completion of the service requirement will be considered in default resulting in forfeiture of the stipend or scholarship in which scholarship will convert to a loan and repayments will be pro-rated accordingly to reflect partial service completed. The institution is responsible for collecting the repayment amounts in accordance with provisions of part B or D of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. All forfeited scholarship funds, less grantee administrative costs associated with the collection of the repayment not to exceed 5% of the forfeited amount, will be returned to the United States Treasury.
Conditions of Award
- US Citizenship or permanent resident status
- Applicants must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Completion of application and successful interview
- Full-time enrollment in a Mathematics Major with an Integrated Credential Option (completing Math Major and Single Subject Credential at California State University, Fresno)
- Maintain a minimum of 3.0 G.P.A. while funded as a Noyce Scholar (the 3.0 G.P.A. is not required at the time the application is submitted, but the maintenance of this G.P.A. is required while supported by the Noyce Scholarship Program)
- Commitment to teach mathematics in a high need school for two years for each year that a scholarship is received
- Agree to participate in all support programs; these may include bi-weekly meetings, special academic year support programs; and an Early Field Experience.
- Sign an obligatory legal Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) binding the individual to the conditions of the Noyce Scholarship program.
The Robert Noyce Scholarship program was initially authorized under the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-368). It was then reauthorized in 2007 under the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69); America COMPETES Reauthorization ACT of 2010 (P.L. 111-358), and currently amended by the STEM Education Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-59). This special program 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.