CVCC and University of Lynchburg Partner for Grant - 09/30/2019

LYNCHBURG, VA—Enrollment officials at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) announced they have partnered with the University of Lynchburg on a recently awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant.  The NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

This summer the primary grant was awarded to University of Lynchburg, with CVCC as a sub-recipient.  The NSF Noyce grant will ultimately provide $10,000 to $20,000 worth of scholarships for CVCC graduates to attend the University of Lynchburg.  

CVCC’s role is to provide community college graduates interested in STEM secondary education as their career choice.  Those students will then be accepted at the University of Lynchburg to complete their junior and senior years of education.  Dr. Shannon McDermott is the CVCC grant coordinator, and Ms. Emily Muniz is the CVCC pathway advisor. They will work together with University of Lynchburg enrollment specialists to implement and promote the program.  

Dr. McDermott stated, “CVCC transfer students in STEM have excelled at the University of Lynchburg. This scholarship program is an outstanding opportunity for CVCC students to earn a degree leading to a career teaching STEM classes and programs. We are proud to work with the University of Lynchburg to promote local STEM education with this new program.”

Ms. Emily Muniz added, “CVCC and the University of Lynchburg have always had a strong partnership, and this is yet another example of the collaboration between the two institutions to help make the transfer process more seamless. This is also a unique opportunity for students to consider teaching STEM and earn an amazing scholarship to support their educational and career goals.”

The Noyce Scholarship Program for STEM Teachers provides unique opportunities to students who want to teach STEM subjects such as mathematics, earth science, biology, chemistry, ecology, and physics in today’s diverse classrooms. Qualified students from CVCC will receive these scholarships during their junior and senior years of college that can also combine with other merit scholarships awarded by the University of Lynchburg.

"The Noyce Scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity for CVCC students," Dr. Allison Jablonski, provost of the University of Lynchburg, said. "It will help pay for their education and prepare them to teach and reach all students in their science and math classrooms. We're excited to partner with CVCC in this program."

Those interested in applying need to complete the online application on the University of Lynchburg website at  

For more information contact Sandra Richardson at the University of Lynchburg 703-292-4657, or Emily Muniz at CVCC 434-832-7805.