NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships

The NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program is offered to encourage students to pursue careers as secondary math and science teachers (grades 7-12). Awards are made to students attending school at the undergraduate and/or graduate degree level in exchange for five years of full-time employment as secondary education math or science teachers in NYS.


NOTE: If you are a high school senior you may not apply for this scholarship until you have completed one semester of college. Please revisit this web page in January of your freshman year of college.

An applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • be attending a college located in NYS;
  • be matriculated in an approved undergraduate or graduate program full-time at a degree- granting institution in NYS leading to a career as a secondary education math or science teacher;
  • have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher;
  • execute a Service Contract (view the terms and conditions) agreeing to work full-time for five years as a secondary education math or science teacher in NYS;
  • not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award; and
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by NYS a award.

Award Amount

A recipient receives an annual award for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to a NYS resident student attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York (SUNY), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. For the 2015-16 academic year, the Standard SUNY Tuition Rate was a maximum of $6,495 per year.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding potential tax implications should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.


A recipient is entitled to an annual award for not more than four academic years of full-time undergraduate study and one academic year of full-time graduate study while matriculated in an approved program leading to permanent certification as a secondary education teacher in math or science.

How to Apply

The deadline for the 2015 NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship has passed.

Applications for the 2016 series will be available January 1, 2017.

Recipient Selection

New applicants will be ranked by GPA and total credits earned. In the event there are more eligible applicants than available funding, awards will be paid according to rank.


A recipient is not required to submit another NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program Web Application once awarded this scholarship, but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Payment of State Grants, Scholarships and Awards Application each year to receive payment. A recipient seeking payment who is not a resident of NYS may contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship and Grant Payment Application.

Awards will be paid directly to the colleges on behalf of students upon the successful completion of each academic year. Successful completion of an academic year means the recipient must have:
  • been in full-time attendance with a minimum of 12 credits per semester;
    • applies to both undergraduate and graduate students
  • earned at least 27 credit hours or the equivalent during the academic year in a course of study leading to a secondary education degree in the fields of math or science;
  • a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the academic year; and
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all academic years of undergraduate and graduate study.

NOTE:An applicant may attend less than full time during the last undergraduate or graduate term if less than a full-time course load is necessary to complete the degree.


Please contact the Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-697-4372 with questions about this Program.