The STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education Scholarship program is designed for students enrolled in STEM-related teacher education degree programs at the undergraduate level (pre-service teachers). Scholarship recipients will be required to complete a series of NASA STEM Digital Badges, participate in professional seminars, and attend a cohort field trip to NASA Langley Research Center.
To promote science education in the K-12 classroom, focusing on improving pre-college perceptions, understanding and interests in science.
To promote science education in the K-12 classroom focusing on improving pre-college interests in pursuit of science education and science careers.
To assist in the preparation of teachers entering into the K-12 science classrooms.
To equip future teachers with NASA content and tools to use in the classroom.
$3,500 per student.
Travel to NASA Langley will also be paid for by NC Space Grant.
Distribution of awards is contingent on meeting benchmarks as outlined in the Awardee Contract Packet.
How to Apply
The system will open August 20, 2020.
Awards are competitive; applications will be peer reviewed.
Applications due October 5, 2020; Letter of recommendation due October 7, 2020.
Award announcements by October 25, 2020.
This opportunity is open to undergraduate students at the Junior/Senior level that are majoring in an education degree program at any accredited higher education institution in the State of North Carolina.
Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0.
To apply, students must complete an online application. The application consists of general information, a transcript request and three short essays.
An online recommendation letter is required.
Previous recipients of the STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education Scholarship are ineligible to apply.
Scholars will be required to complete two NASA STEM Digital Badge modules. The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (NASA EPDC) digital badge content was developed for teachers and students in grades 5-9 and is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. Each badge requires educators to complete a classroom (or virtual) teaching component to demonstrate mastery of content.