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BEST (Benedictine Educating STEM Teachers)
Teacher Scholarship Program Details

There is a national need for increased numbers of highly qualified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers in grades 6-12. Local needs are focused on chemistry, physics and mathematics. Benedictine University was awarded an NSF grant (2013-2017) to promote STEM teacher training, both at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate (Alternative Certification) levels. Benedictine University will award 6-7 new undergraduate scholarships ($10,000) each year for the next five years to qualified undergraduates who intend to earn middle school and/or high school teaching certification in one of the following areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology with chemistry endorsement
  • Biology with physics endorsement
The Alternate Certification program will award 6-7 stipends ($10,000) each year for the next five years to qualified professionals who intend to earn middle school and/or high school teaching certification in one of the following areas:
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Other activities supported by this grant include:
  • Paid internships for freshmen and sophomores for early field experiences;
  • Mentored teaching assistant opportunities in chemistry and physics;
  • Inquiry pedagogy instruction by the Golden Apple Inquiry Science Institute;
  • Mentoring during pre-service teaching and during in-service teaching.


(This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DUE-1240091. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.)