Over a five-year period (2020-2025), two-year scholarships valued at $16,600 per year will be available for qualifying juniors and seniors through Louisiana Tech's CyberTeach-LA program, an NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.
While UTeachTech has always included Computer Science (CS) and Cyber Engineering (CYEN) in its qualifying STEM fields, these majors have been underrepresented in the program. This mirrors a statewide problem. Only 16% of Louisiana public high schools teach computer science, there is no dedicated state funding for computer science professional development, and no state curriculum standards exist for K-12 computer science (Code.org, 2019). At Louisiana Tech, we are addressing this challenge by more actively recruiting CS/CYEN students who want to impact the next generation and by developing a new option for other STEM students to learn more CS.
Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens.
Scholarship recipients must have attained at least junior status in a STEM baccalaureate degree program.
Scholarship recipients must graduate with a major in a STEM discipline and obtain teacher certification or licensing upon completion of the program. Qualifying students include:
Students majoring in Computer Science/Cyber Engineering (CS/CYEN) at LA Tech to minor in secondary education and obtain teaching certification via UTeachTech;
Students minoring in CS to get a second minor in secondary education and obtain teaching certification via UTeachTech; and
Current and new non-CS/CYEN STEM majors in the UTeachTech program to complete a new, online Computer Science Education Certificate.
Scholarship recipients must serve as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency for two years for each full-year of a scholarship received, to be fulfilled within eight years after completing the program.
Selection is based primarily on academic merit, with consideration given to financial need and the diversity of participants in the program.