FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College has been selected to receive an expected $1.45 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, an initiative designed to encourage and support talented STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 math and science teachers.
Funding from this grant will establish Hood College’s Noyce STEM Teacher Education Partnership (Hood N-STEP), a collaborative effort led by Hood College in strategic partnership with Frederick County Community College and Frederick County Public Schools. The purpose of the grant is to meet the growing demand for qualified STEM teachers who are skilled in culturally relevant practices and desire to teach in high-needs schools, especially in the Frederick community. The funding will enable Hood to provide scholarships, specialized programming, and mentoring to students who complete their STEM major and teacher certification requirements at Hood College. Students transferring to Hood from FCC will be given priority in receiving the awards.
“This program builds upon our long-standing partnerships with FCPS and FCC and is grounded in our highly regarded education and STEM programs,” said Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D., president of Hood College. “We are delighted to expand opportunities for talented STEM students to become high school science teachers.”