Noyce Knights Scholars Program (NKSP)
Funded by the NSF’s Robert Noyce program, the Noyce Knights Scholars Program (NKSP) aims to prepare, support and certify 25 highly qualified diverse middle and high school (6-12) science and mathematics teachers over five years to remedy the 6-12 STEM teacher shortages in Kentucky. Kentucky is producing significantly fewer certified STEM teachers than needed to fill the vacant middle and high school science and mathematics teaching positions in the state. This Noyce Track-1 project builds on the Bellarmine University’s NSF funded Noyce Capacity Building project that build and strengthened the STEM teacher education infrastructure, by forming new partnerships, recruitment pipelines, and retention strategies needed to increase the number of certified STEM teachers in high-need schools in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
Upon certification, all NKSP scholars will be placed at a JCPS or another high-need school district’s middle or high school (based on the teaching certification) and MUST teach for at least two years for each year of the scholarship/stipend award within 6 years after graduation. NKSP scholars can choose to teach at a high-need school district anywhere in the country for at least two years, for each year of the award within 6 years after graduation.
The starting salary of a JCPS teacher with a MAT degree is $53,447 ($47,096 with a bachelor’s degree) and the average teacher salary of a JCPS teacher is $67,000. Learn more about teacher salaries on the JCPS Career Page.
NKSP will award Noyce scholarships/stipends to US Citizens, US Nationals, or US Permanent Residents to obtain teaching certification in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics via one of three certification pathways.