Frequently Asked Questions
What is the STAR Scholarship?
- The Scholarship Team in Action to Recruit (STAR) is a scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship in an effort to produce highly qualified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educators who will assume positions in high need schools. Find more info at http://uncw.edu/ed/star/index.html.
How much money do STAR recipients receive?
- Recipients will receive up to $10,000 for each year that the award is granted. Undergraduates may renew their award for up to two years, or up to $20,000 total; graduate students and licensure only candidates are eligible for one year, or up to $10,000 total. Find more info at http://uncw.edu/ed/star/benefits.html.
Who is eligible to receive the STAR scholarship?
- A candidate for the STAR Scholarship must be a current (or eligible) UNCW student in good standing, pursuing a teaching certification in Middle Grades or Secondary Math or Science and have earned at least 45 or more credit hours (Junior, Senior, Graduate or Licensure Only). In addition, students must complete application materials and an interview. Find out more info at http://uncw.edu/ed/star/process.html.
How do I apply for the STAR scholarship and how are decisions made?
- If you meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarship and are interested in applying, please visit the STAR website at www.uncw.edu/ed/STAR for an application. The selection process is competitive and decisions are made by the STAR committee based on all information collected. Please note that adhering to deadlines is very important. Find out more info at http://uncw.edu/ed/star/process.html.
On what can STAR scholarship recipients spend the awarded financial support?
- There are few limitations regarding how the these funds may be spent.
Is there a teaching commitment tied to the support?
- Yes, students who commit to the STAR program are required to work in an approved high-need school for a period of two years for each year receiving scholarship monies. Please visit the STAR website at www.uncw.edu/ed/STAR for a listing of current partnership school districts.
- STAR Scholarship Program recipients must commit to teach for two years in a high need school. “High need” is defined as a school district with at least one school with (1) a high percentage of individualsfrom families with incomes below the poverty line, or (2) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach, or (3) a high teacher turnover rate. The teaching service does not need to be performed in North Carolina. If you decide to teach outside of North Carolina, you may be required to submit information to verify that this service is performed in a high-need school or district that meets at least one of the criteria listed above.
If I am awarded a STAR scholarship, will I have any help finding an appropriate job after graduation and will I have any support as a new teacher?
- Yes, the University and partner school system will strive to assist new STAR graduates find teaching positions in the high needs schools. Also, specific support programs such as individualized mentoring by the school system and university personnel and professional development programs will be available to STAR teachers during their first year(s) of teaching. Find out more info at http://uncw.edu/ed/star/benefits.html as well as visit our resources page at http://uncw.edu/ed/star/resources.html.
Who can I contact for more information regarding the STAR scholarship?
- If after reviewing the STAR website, you have additional questions, please contact the STAR office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910.962.3881