Second Cohort of Noyce Scholars Off and Running

September 15, 2021

This summer, juniors Lindsey DeBonis, Ashley Lippa, and Sam Acosta—all mathematics and inclusive adolescence education majors—were selected as recipients of the Noyce INSPIRE Scholarship.

From Left to Right: Lindsey DeBonis and Ashley Lippa. Not Pictured: Sam Acosta

As the second cohort of scholars, DeBonis, Lippa, and Acosta (not pictured above) will receive a scholarship of up to $21,750 per year during their junior and senior years at Fisher to help offset the cost of tuition. And, over the next two years, the INSPIRE Scholars will be mentored and equipped with the set of skills necessary to excel at teaching in a high-need school district. DeBonis and Lippa are also both members of Fisher's Honors Program.

Over the summer, they participated in a four-week virtual literature circle discussing the book Poor Students, Rich Teaching with Dr. Susie Hildenbrand, associate professor in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education. In addition, each student completed a virtual poverty simulation training event.

This fall, they will be completing their field experience in rural school districts throughout the region, including Geneva, North Rose-Wolcott, Penn Yann, Sodus, Palmyra-Macedon, and Red Jacket.

Recruitment for the next NOYCE cohort is currently underway. STEM students interested in teaching careers can learn more about the scholarship at or by emailing Dr. Martínez-Hernández ( Follow the scholarship program on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1852690. 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.