Center for Science Education

ISU Scholarships

The Noyce Scholarship Program, Phase II will award scholarship recipients up to $12,000 per year to full time current ISU students, transfer students, second undergraduate students, and Transition-to-Teaching students to cover expenses associated with full-time fall and spring semester enrollment. An additional $2,000 scholarship is available based on financial need. Mathematics Education students are eligible for up to 2 years of funding and must complete the requirements for a degree in mathematics education. Science Education students are eligible for up to 3 years of funding and must complete the requirements for a degree in Science Education and a second major in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or a concentration in Earth and Space Science. Transition-to-Teaching students are eligible for a single year’s support. The scholarship funds can be used for expenses associated with tuition, fees, books, and housing associated with fall and spring semesters.

Recipients of the Noyce Scholarship for Secondary Math and Science Education are required to teach mathematics or science in high need school corporations following graduation.  Students who receive the Noyce Scholarship must also participate in co-curricular and professional development activities.

To be eligible for the scholarship program, applicants must meet the following guidelines:

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, second undergraduate or a Transition-to-Teaching program in science or math education.

  • Overall GPA of 2.75

  • Science and/or Math GPA of 3.0

  • Junior or Senior class standing at time of award

  • Must meet the program’s admissions guidelines

  • Open to resident and non-resident students

  • Not open to distance-only and international students

  • Open to transfer students

** The Noyce Scholarship can be combined with other institutional awards.


The Charlotte M. Boener Scholarship is for a student attending Indiana State University who is preparing for a career teaching science. 

AMOUNT OF AWARD:   Amounts vary from year to year based upon several factors, including the amount of available funds and the number of qualified students who apply.  Funds are intended to be used for educational expenses.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:  Dr. Boener was Professor of Science Education at Indiana State University from 1964-2000.  She served as the Chair of the Department of Science Education from 1995 until her retirement in 2000.  She received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Master of Science from the University of Arizona and Doctor of Philosophy from the State University of Iowa. Prior to arriving at ISU in 1964, she held various teaching positions at the University of Arizona and the State University of Iowa.  In addition to teaching chemistry and general science, she worked in public television in the Minneapolis area.  From 1950-1952 she was an assistant to the “Minneapolis Science Consultant,” and helped write and produce the “Teaching Science” program.

ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS:  To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

• Be a U.S. resident.

• Be a full time student in good standing during the academic year at Indiana State University.

• Be enrolled in a Science Education program at Indiana State University

• Have a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA


The Dr. Marshall E. Parks Scholarship for Science Education

Dr. Parks, an Emeritus Professor was a vibrant contributor to the development of pre-service science teachers.


The scholarship is a one-time award in the amount of $500 and will be awarded once each year in the Spring Semester.


Dr. Parks has established the following guidelines for applicants and encourages all eligible students to apply.  Candidates:

1.      Must be currently enrolled in the Science Education and Biology Double Major

2.      Must have an overall GPA of 2.5.

3.      Must not be a graduating senior.


1.      All interested and qualified applicants should generate a professional resume of their academic, work and volunteer accomplishments.

2.      Candidates need to additionally write a two-paged, double-spaced essay responding to the prompt, “A Vision for Science Education in the 21st Century.”

3.      E-mail Ms. Tammy Barnes ( with a statement of intent to apply for the Marshall E. Parks Scholarship and attach both the resume and the essay to the e-mail.


Selection will be made by a committee of professors representing both Biology and Science Education. Selection of the recipient will be based on:

1.      Meeting the eligibility criteria stated above.

2.      Overall GPA.

3.      Originality, depth of thought, clarity of writing and scholarly ideas presented in the essay.



Recipients will be announced on or before March 30, each spring semester

The Dr. William J. Brett Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. William J. Brett. Dr. Brett was Professor of Life Sciences from 1956 to 1994, and served as Chair for many years. During his career at ISU, Dr. Brett maintained on ongoing interest in quality teaching. He established this award to encourage talented individuals to enter the teaching profession. The recipient will be a junior or senior with a declared Biology teaching major.

More information about this scholarship can be obtained at:


Donald and Mary Jo Stanley Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mary Jo Stanley in 1989 in memory of her husband, Donald Stanley. A native of Terre Haute, Mr. Stanley earned a Baccalaureate degree in 1931 and a Master’s degree in 1945 from Indiana State. He was a teacher and principal at Fairmount High School prior to accepting a position as a food chemist with Campbell Soup Company. He retired from Campbell Soup in 1973 as Assistant Director of Project Standards. Mrs. Stanley is a native of Peru, Indiana, and was graduated from Chili High School and Central Business College. She was employed as a secretary by Peerless Electric Supply Company for many years, later retiring from the Indiana Employment Security Division after 28 years of service.

Eligibility Requirements:

You must be a College of Arts and Sciences new or continuing student majoring in mathematics, chemistry, physics, science education or other allied subjects to be eligible.  Other requirements include being a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the State of Indiana, and a record of success in your chosen academic field by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. You must refrain from the use of controlled drugs and/or tobacco. Students who participate in intercollegiate athletics are not available for this award.

**Students do not apply for this scholarship. Nominations and applications will be sought by relevant departments**