Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien;
  • Be enrolled full-time at Benedictine University;
  • Be at least a junior (60 credits) and be able to complete the major with certification within two years;
  • Been accepted into the Teacher Education Program by the beginning of the semester in which he/she will receive the scholarship;
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; and
  • Must be enrolled in coursework that will lead to a degree with secondary certification in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Biology with a Physics Education or Chemistry Education minor.


Service Requirements

  • Requirement that the student complete two years of mathematics, physics or chemistry teaching in a high need school district for every one year of scholarship.  This service requirement must be done within eight years of graduation.  A high need district is one that satisfies the conditions stated in the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program Solicitation (NSF 12-525).  For more information on this requirement, go to the BEST FAQS page;
  • Agreement to repay BU the full amount of the scholarship the service requirement is not completed or the student fails to complete the degree program;
  • Agreement to complete all documentation required by the BEST program and participate in the evaluation plan;
  • Participation in all BEST program requirements, including meeting regularly with the faculty mentors; attending required events; and completing all components of the evaluation plan; and
  • Maintenance of satisfactory progress towards a degree in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics with secondary certification or Biology with a Physics Education or Chemistry Education minor.  Satisfactory progress includes but is not limited to maintaining cumulative GPA of 3.0, satisfactory completion of required courses, and continued enrollment in appropriate courses.
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Robin Rylaarsdam, Ph.D
Acting Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Email: trucker@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

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