Grant supports scholarships for math, science teachers

A five-year, $1.2 million grant will help the ECU College of Education provide scholarships for additional math and science teachers in eastern North Carolina as well as gain insight into their early teaching experience.

The National Science Foundation Noyce Grant, named for famous physicist Robert Noyce, will provide 30 scholarships for ECU students to earn science or mathematics licensure and a master’s degree. Noyce advocated for improving public education in math and science before it was known as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

This is the second Noyce Grant awarded to ECU.

The first – funded from 2009 through 2015 – produced 40 new mathematics and science teachers (15 math, 25 science). Seventy percent of ECU Noyce Grant scholars have stayed in eastern North Carolina to teach.