Download Application HERE: NOYCE Scholarship

This program leverages and extends the currently funded Dreams to Teach program by:

  • Supporting additional STEM students who will be recruited to participate in components of the DR-K12 funded programming,
  • Expanding the leadership components of the program
  • Expanding the Dreams to teach program to the junior and senior years of college.  
  • Scholarship for years 3 and 4 for DREAMS to teach students.
  • Supporting 5 junior and 5 senior Morehouse students pursuing careers in STEM education

Studies have shown that minority students are more successful when teachers reflect their racial or ethnic groups; however, nearly half of all US schools have no minority groups while at least half of students in public schools are predicted to be from current minority groups by 2025.


The Pre-Service Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative prepares African American males for STEM teaching careers through a collaborative effort between Morehouse College STEM and Teacher Preparation faculty. NOYCE leverages and extends the currently funded DR K-12 program by supporting additional STEM students who will be recruited to participate in components of the DR K-12 funded programming, expanding the leadership components of the program, and extending the Dreams to Teach program to college juniors and seniors.

Program Description

The NOYCE STEM Teacher Initiative is a two year program which provides scholarships and academic training for students pursuing a major in STEM. Scholars engage in research opportunities, attend regional conferences and participate in leadership training. The NOYCE STEM Teacher Initiative currently provides scholarships in the amount of $15,000 for each scholar.

During their junior and senior year of college, these young men enroll in both a STEM major and in the teacher preparation program. Scholars are required to pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Education (GACE) to obtain teacher certification upon graduating. These scholars will continue on to become fully certified classroom teachers and Science and Mathematics curriculum specialists at the state and national levels.

Hands on Activities

Students have the opportunity to reinforce and expand upon topics in a state of the art instructional laboratory (described below) with a wide collection of modern equipment and devices used by teachers to deliver high quality instruction that supports the students’ learning. Students also participate in extracurricular programming whereby they meet with faculty and master teachers twice a week for two hours each meeting. A component of this extracurricular programming includes collaborative learning-based research exercises on experimental design, research ethics, and working with research models that can be adapted to the K-12 environment. Students visit various active research and engineering laboratories both on the campus of Morehouse College and surrounding Atlanta area.

Eligibility Criteria:
  1. Juniors/Seniors who are interested in K-12 STEM Teaching careers
  2. U.S. Citizens or permanent residents
  3. Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science Major
  4. Must have at least a 2.8 GPA
  5. Letters of recommendation from (2) mentors
  6. Completed Application (NOYCE Scholarship)
Goals for the STEM Initiative:
  1. To recruit, train and graduate African American and other minority male STEM majors to teach in secondary critical-need schools.
  2. To offer Teacher Certification Programs in Secondary Education for the state of Georgia
  3. Enroll Dreams to Teach II participants in a program of study leading to both a STEM major and official certification in Secondary Education “High School” (with state of Georgia /NCATE/CAEP Certification)
  4. To broaden Dreams to Teach II students’ access to STEM career awareness and understanding of mathematics and science applications in day-to-day functioning
Objectives of the STEM Initiative:
  1. Educate African American males to teach mathematics and science in critical-need schools
  2. Provide research-based, education-related, communication-building experiences that develop proficiency in mathematics and science teaching careers
  3. Participate in environments that support the advancement of science and mathematical learning such as the Leadership Program at Morehouse College.
  4. Participate in seminars that broaden STEM’s students’ horizon beyond what is usually presented in undergraduate education.
  5. Provide access to STEM education among minority students to improve STEM education at the secondary level.