STEM Up NY Noyce Scholarship

Do You Want to Be a Math, Science, Computer Science, or Technology Teacher?

Clarkson's STEM Up NY program provides up to 20 scholarships to aspiring teachers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects to help address the shortage of secondary teachers for those subjects in high-need schools.

Scholarship recipients receive $20,000 for their undergraduate senior year, $20,000 for the year it takes to complete their Master of Arts in Teaching and extensive support in preparing for and securing their first teaching positions. In return, the students will commit to spending four years teaching in a high-need district. The program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program and will run through 2024.

The STEM Up NY Scholarship

  • Provides a $20,000 scholarship toward the undergraduate senior year at Clarkson.
  • Awards an additional $20,000 scholarship toward completing Clarkson's one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program in New York's Capital Region.
  • Supports aspiring teachers in preparing for and securing their first teaching positions. Some of the unique opportunities available to Noyce scholars include:
    • Research experience.
    • Early K-12 outreach experiences.
    • Network of scholars and support during induction year.

Your Commitment

  • Complete your bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline
  • Pursue and complete Clarkson’s Master of Arts in Teaching program with a focus in one of the following subject areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, technology (K - 12), mathematics
  • Become certified to teach secondary education in your subject area.
  • Spend four years teaching a STEM subject in a high-need school district.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Am I required to teach in New York State?

A: You do not need to teach in New York State to fulfill your commitment. You can teach anywhere in the United States. 

Q: Do I need to teach in a high-need school district for four consecutive years?

A: No, you have up to 10 years after completing your MAT degree to fulfill your requirement of teaching for four years in a high-need school district.

Q: What is a high-need school district?

A: The National Science Foundation defines a “high-need” school district as a district with one or more schools characterized by at least one of the following:

  • A high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line.
  • A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach.
  • A high teacher turnover rate.

Q: Can I apply for the scholarship for just my MAT year (after you graduate from Clarkson Undergrad)?

A: Yes, the scholarship can be for your senior year + MAT year or just your MAT year.  Each year is a $20k scholarship + 2 years of working in a high need school. 

The STEM Up NY Team


The Clarkson MAT

Clarkson's MAT program is a 38-credit, licensure-endorsing program that prepares you for the New York State teachers certification at the secondary level (7 - 12 grade). The coursework is focused around teaching and can be tailored to your subject of interest. Students who begin in the summer term (third week of June), can complete the degree within 12 months. 

The MAT program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the New York State Education Department.

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The Clarkson Teaching Residency

MAT graduate candidates complete a half-day, year-long residency in a secondary school, taking full responsibility for at least two classes. 

Our students graduate with confidence and hands on experience in the classroom built during an individually selected, full-year, mentored teaching residency included as part of the program.

How to apply

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for the STEM Up NY scholarship, you must:

  • Be pursuing a bachelor's degree in a STEM field.
  • Meet the MAT admission requirements, which include:
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Undergraduate liberal arts core, including courses in humanities/arts, writing/communication, social sciences, STEM and one semester of foreign language.
    • An Educational psychology undergraduate course.
  • Be dedicated to starting a teaching career in a STEM subject area.


If you are interested in applying for the STEM Up NY scholarship, you should submit our inquiry form and indicate your interest in the Noyce program. One of the professors overseeing the program will get in touch with you to discuss the program and its requirements further.

You should apply for the MAT program and STEM Up NY scholarship during your junior year at Clarkson. Your candidacy for the STEM Up NY scholarship is considered concurrently with your application for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching program. 

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MAT Application Requirements

A complete MAT application consists of the following items:

  • Application form.
  • Resume and statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable).
  • Interview
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