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Seth Boxberger to Receive Noyce Scholarship

Fort Hays State UniversityTwelve science and math students at Fort Hays State University have been awarded the National Science Foundation's Noyce Scholarship for the upcoming school year.

This scholarship is designed to help support high-achieving math and science students who want to become secondary or middle level teachers after graduation.

The scholarship is a 'cost-of-attendance' scholarship worth over $13,000 per year and a stipend to attend state or regional conferences.

Students also enroll in a seminar class to discuss teaching in rural schools, attend a week-long field experience trip at a school in southwest Kansas and are all members of the STEM-Ed Club at FHSU.

FHSU is awarding six new students this scholarship, as well as six second-year students. Overall, FHSU will have awarded Noyce Scholarships to 38 students over the past seven years.

"Our program so far has been very successful at identifying and nurturing promising young teachers to not only begin in the STEM teaching field, but also to stick with it through those first few tough years," said Dr. Bill Weber, assistant professor of mathematics.

The following students are listed in alphabetical order and are receiving the Noyce Scholarship for the first time.

  • Seth Boxberger, Russell sophomore majoring in mathematics and secondary education.
  • Kole Clarke, Lyons junior majoring in biology and secondary education.
  • Nicholas Schmidt, Hays senior majoring in mathematics and secondary education.
  • Ethan Shippy, Hays junior majoring in biology and secondary education.
  • Cayla Steinert, Olmitz junior majoring in biology and secondary education.
  • Judson Tillotson, Fort Scott sophomore majoring in mathematics and secondary education.

The following students are listed in alphabetical order and are receiving the Noyce Scholarship for the second time.

  • Alexis Meinert, Garden City senior majoring in mathematics and secondary education.
  • Diana Sabados, Brighton, Colorado, senior majoring in mathematics and secondary education.
  • Chantal Solorzano, Dodge City junior majoring in biology and secondary education.
  • Joshua Stark, Hays junior majoring in chemistry and secondary education.
  • Kathryn Westerhaus, Junction City senior majoring in biology and secondary education.
  • Lauren Zerr, Russell Springs senior majoring in mathematics and secondary education.

A reception will be held at 4 PM on Thursday, May 9 in the Memorial Union's Trails Room to celebrate these scholars.

(Information courtesy FHSU.)

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