Financial Aid and Scholarships

for Future Mathematics and Science Teachers

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On-Campus Scholarships

Math & Science Scholarships

Robert Noyce Scholarships

The application period is now closed.

MSTI Future Math/Science Teacher Scholarship 

The Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at California State University, Chico is focused on recruiting students to become math and science teachers. They have a special scholarship program that awards scholarships up to $5,000. The application for MSTI is separate from CSU Chico Scholarship applications. The MSTI application period is now closed.

Wildcat Scholarship

CSU Chico Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 Scholarship Applications are now closed. 
Applications open for the Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 school year in January, 2019.

Frank Pennington Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a high caliber, bright, capable, deserving student who has shown a strong interest in the teaching profession of mathematics or science. Recipient should have the potential to make a difference as a high school science or mathematic teacher. Dr. Frank Pennington was Dean of the College of Natural Sciences from 1969 until 1977 and was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry until he retired in 1986. He and his wife Marcia have always been concerned with the quality of high school science and mathematics teaching. Apply through the CSU Chico Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.

The Floyd L. English Natural Sciences Scholarship in the amount of $2500-5000 per academic year has been awarded to several Math majors (at least one per year since 1996). This is a very prestigious and competitive award. Applications can be obtained each semester for this scholarship. Fliers are posted around the Natural Science Buildings when application deadlines are nearing.

The Paul G. Hewitt Scholarship for Future High School Physics Teachers is offered directly by the Physics Department.

Math Scholarships

More math scholarships.

Science Scholarships

More science scholarships.

Off-Campus Scholarships and Financial Support

Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) Program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years:

    • As a highly qualified teacher;
    • At a school or educational service agency (ESA) servicing low-income students; and
    • In a high-need field.

The four years of teaching must be completed within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received a TEACH Grant. This teaching requirement is known as your TEACH Grant service obligation. If you are interested in this program, please contact a Financial Aid Advisor ASAP.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. If you are interested in this program, please contact a Financial Aid Advisor ASAP.

Perkins Loan

The Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation program applies to teachers who have taught in an elementary or secondary school in the fields of science. If a borrower is eligible for teacher cancellation under any of the categories, up to 100 percent of the loan may be canceled for teaching service. If you are interested in this program, please contact a Financial Aid Advisor ASAP.

Knowles Fellowships

The Knowles Math & Science Teaching Fellowships are for students who have received a bachelor's or advanced degree in science and are committed to teaching high school science. The fellowship supports them professionally and financially for up to five years through a teacher preparation program to eligibility for tenure.

AFCEA Educational Foundation

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school.