Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
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.
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.