"If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child - become a teacher. Your country needs you."
A high-need school is defined very broadly for the PhysTEC Noyce Scholarship program. A high-need school is any school in a district that has at least one school with a high fraction of students eligible for free or reduced lunch, a high teacher attrition rate, or a high rate of out-of-field teachers. In general we will use the definitions used by the NSF in the past, which are that a school must have 50% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch, a 15% teacher attrition rate over the past three years, or a 34% out-of-field teaching rate. However, exceptions can be made to these benchmarks on a case-by-case basis, by petition.
The following table shows some high-need districts in the vicinity of the six PhysTEC Noyce sites. For other examples of eligible districts, please speak with your local contact person.
|Ball State||Muncie Community||Marion Community||Richmond Community||Indianapolis|
|North Carolina||Charlotte-Mecklenburg||Wake County||Asheville|
|Western Michigan||Kalamazoo||Battle Creek||Benton Harbor|
PhysTEC Noyce scholars must verify their employment at a school in a high-need district by providing a verification letter. A template is provided (below) and is to be completed by a district official. A letter must be provided for each academic year until the teaching obligation is fulfilled.