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Noyce Scholars Program (SMILE)

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant

Rio Salado College has received a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant for its SMILE (Science and Math Innovative Learning Environments) for Encore Careers in Education program. This grant is a $16,500 stipend award program for professionals who possess a bachelors degree in a STEM related field, have industry experience in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields who are transitioning into teaching careers.

The Noyce Scholars Program seeks to encourage talented STEM professionals to teach mathematics and science in grades 7-12. In addition to full tuition and fees, the program provides stipend disbursements to assist with other educational expenses.

The Noyce Scholars Program is a 15-month academic program for post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees. Successful participants will earn a teaching credential and must commit to teaching for two years in high-need areas in grade 7-12 school districts.

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Application Process

Rio Salado College is currently recruiting scholars who are U.S. citizens, have acceptable results of a fingerprint background check in accordance with Arizona Department of Education, and have a bachelor's degree or higher in a STEM area and three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career.

To apply, download the application below.

Applications are now closed.   No more Noyce scholars are being recruited.

For detailed information click on the Noyce Flier or contact Karen Nave, Noyce Grant Manager, at 480-517-8743 or

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