Scholarships for Early Childhood Education Degrees (2023)

Scholarships for Early Childhood Education Degrees (1)

Featuring advice for winning scholarships from teacher Chandler Harrison

Early childhood education (ECE)—which encompasses all forms of education provided to children from infancy up to 8 years old—can be one of the most gratifying careers. Typically with an associate degree in ECE or a certificate, you can find jobs teaching young children at daycare centers, private schools, and in the home.

With a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in early childhood education, your career options become more varied—you can teach at public schools, become a daycare center director, design curriculum, and conduct research.

The following scholarships can help you pay for an education that prepares you for early childhood education careers, no matter what your degree level or career goals.

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The Nancy Larson Foundation College Scholarship

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The Nancy Larson Foundation offers scholarships for students who have declared an elementary education major. Juniors, seniors, and high school graduates are welcome to apply for the scholarships, which are awarded based on the candidate’s passion for and commitment to education.

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Provided by Nancy Larson Foundation

Working Toward: Undergraduate degree
Awards Available: 5 to 10
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: No

This scholarship is not renewable.

Students who are 25 years of age or older who are planning to teach at the elementary school level are eligible for this award. Applicants must be at least a college sophomore. The award is based on academic merit.

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Provided by Daughters of the American Revolution

Working Toward: Undergraduate degree
Awards Available: 1
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: 3.5

This scholarship is renewable.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program offers three different scholarship options that embrace leadership and commitment to schools and communities. Applicants must be current high school (or home-schooled) students who will be graduating during the 2020-2021 academic school year and are planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.

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Provided by Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Working Toward: Undergraduate degree
Awards Available: Over 1,400
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: No

This scholarship is not renewable.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) offers four scholarships per year to students who are dependents of AFT members. Applicants must be seniors in high school. They also offer 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education and/or fund their proposed ideas to strengthen and grow their union.

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Provided by American Federation of Teachers

Working Toward: Undergraduate degree
Awards Available: 4
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: None, but to continue receiving funds you must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA

This scholarship is renewable.

The mission of this scholarship program is to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge in high-need districts. The funds are provided directly to institutions of higher learning, and the winning scholars are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support.

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Provided by American Association for the Advancement of Science

Working Toward: Undergraduate degree
Awards Available: 55-70
Essay Required: Varies by Institution
GPA Required: Varies by Institution

This scholarship is renewable.

Jack Kinnaman was a teacher who was devoted to the cause of education for over three decades. Applicants must be members of the National Education Association Student Program. In addition to an essay, they will need to submit a brief paragraph demonstrating financial need, and how winning the scholarship would help them complete their degree in teacher education.

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Provided by National Education Association

Working Toward: Undergraduate degree
Awards Available: Multiple
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: 2.5

This scholarship is not renewable.

This scholarship is open to students who are already accepted to or enrolled in an American Montessori Society (AMS) affiliated teacher education program at any of the following levels: Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary (I, I–II, II), or Secondary (I, I–II). Winners are selected based on a written personal statement and financial need.

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Provided by American Montessori Society

Working Toward: Undergraduate degree
Awards Available: 20
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: No

This scholarship is not renewable.

College students who are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in Early Childhood Education are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, but must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website.

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Provided by Teacher.org

Working Toward: Undergraduate and Graduate degree
Awards Available: 1
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: 3.5

This scholarship is not renewable.

The Bright Futures Scholarship is for students who plan to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Due to COVID-19, this scholarship program is on hold until 2021. However, the foundation encourages students to check the website in early 2021 for further details.

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Provided by Bright Horizons

Working Toward: Undergraduate and Graduate degree
Awards Available: 32 awarded in 2019
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: No

This scholarship is not renewable.

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this scholarship program awards scholarships to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students who wish to pursue an undergraduate education in any discipline. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars who want to apply for a graduate program in education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, science, computer science can request additional funds.

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Provided by Gates Millennium Scholars

Working Toward: Undergraduate and Graduate degree
Awards Available: 1000
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: 3.3

This scholarship is renewable.

The National Institute of Labor Relations Research awards this scholarship to education majors who demonstrate an interest and understanding of the Right to Work principle. Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students majoring in education.

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Provided by National Institute for Labor Relations Research

Working Toward: Undergraduate and Graduate degree
Awards Available: 4
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: No

This scholarship is not renewable.

The Federal government’s TEACH grants are awarded to students who plan to become teachers in a low-income area or high-need field. Students must meet eligibility requirements for federal student aid—which means demonstrating financial need—and be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.

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Provided by Federal Student Aid

Working Toward: Undergraduate and Graduate degree
Awards Available: Multiple
Essay Required: No
GPA Required: 3.25

This scholarship is renewable.

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This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in education, who are also members of one of the following organizations: Educators Rising, Educators Rising Collegiate, Pi Lambda Theta, and/or the PDK Association. Applicants must also be enrolled in an institution of higher education on a full- or part-time basis for the fall semester of the application year.

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Provided by PDK International

Working Toward: Undergraduate and Graduate degree
Awards Available: About 100
Essay Required: No
GPA Required: No

This scholarship is renewable.

This scholarship is intended for graduate or undergraduate level students who are enrolled in a degree program in either elementary or secondary education. If granted, the awards are paid directly to the institution.

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Provided by Zeta National Educational Foundation

Working Toward: Undergraduate and Graduate degree
Awards Available: Up to 3
Essay Required: Yes
GPA Required: No

This scholarship is not renewable.

Q&A with Chandler Harrison

Scholarships for Early Childhood Education Degrees (8)

Chandler Harrison is a fourth-grade teacher entering her seventh year of teaching. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Technology at Pittsburg State University. She hopes one day to work as a Technology Integration Specialist or a Curriculum Specialist. Besides teaching children, her favorite part of her job is creating and planning new, engaging lessons for her students. She strives to make meaningful relationships with her students and make learning relevant to them. Teaching is her passion!/p>

What type of scholarships did you get? Was it specific to education?

I received two scholarships. The first one I received was from the university I was attending and it was based on my ACT score. I continued to receive this scholarship every year of my undergraduate degree as long as I maintained a certain GPA. This was a scholarship that I had to apply for. It wasn’t automatically given to students if they had the ACT score needed for it.

The second scholarship I received was from my mother’s work. Every year they have an essay contest and three winners receive a scholarship for that academic year. This was a scholarship you could only apply for once. There was a first place scholarship amount, second place, and third place.

Did you apply/get scholarships for your bachelor’s program, master’s program, or both?

I applied and got scholarships for only my bachelor’s program. I did not apply for any scholarships for my master’s program, although I did receive a small tuition reimbursement from my employer for my master’s program.

I didn’t look into scholarships for my master’s program only because I didn’t feel I had the extra time to look into finding and applying for them. Looking back, I wish I had. I know that many students typically work for the university as a grad assistant or in another capacity and are then able to get their master’s program partially or fully paid for. This is certainly something I would have done or looked into if I had gotten my master’s directly after my bachelor’s and hadn’t started my career already.

Did you apply for more than one scholarship? Would you recommend that students do so?

I applied for many scholarships. I highly recommend that students do this. It can be a time-consuming and tedious process, but you are sometimes able to use similar content for many different scholarships. So, once you write a scholarship essay, you will be able to use that same essay to apply for many different scholarships.

I suggest that students apply for scholarships even if they feel it is out of their reach or if it is for a smaller amount. Many scholarships go unused because they may be for smaller amounts or aren’t as well known. I have known students that were able to get their schooling fully paid for from receiving many different scholarships of all different amounts. In the end, they all add up and make a difference.

Would you recommend that students apply every year of their education, rather than just at the start?

Yes! There are so many scholarships out there and new ones are created all the time.

Was applying easier or harder than you expected? In what ways?

Applying for scholarships was much easier than I expected it to be. Some take more time than others, but some scholarships are as simple as submitting your ACT score or a short application. I feel that the time that it takes to find scholarships is the hard part. If I wasn’t taking the College Preparedness course my senior year of high school, I don’t know that I would have applied for any scholarships. The help and time I was given in that course helped me tremendously. I think that is one of the reasons I didn’t continue to apply for scholarships every year of my education or for my master’s program. I simply didn’t have the resources or take the time to find them.

What tips would you give other students for applying and winning an ECE (or K–12 education) scholarship?

As mentioned above, I suggest that students apply for multiple scholarships. To find these scholarships, I recommend they ask their employer, their parents’ employers, family members, their school district, and the guidance counselor for their high school or their college advisor. It can be helpful to find smaller less popular scholarships and apply for many of those, as your odds of winning them will be greater.

I also recommend that students have at least one other person look over their scholarship applications/essays before they submit them. Having an extra set of eyes can help with small mistakes they could have made.

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Lastly, I suggest that students be themselves, be honest, and use their own unique qualities and skills to set themselves apart from other applicants.

FAQs

What is the #1 way to increase your chances for a scholarship? ›

You will increase your chances of winning a scholarship by taking your time to fill out each application thoroughly. Forgo the urge to copy and paste, even if two scholarship essay questions seem identical. Don't skip optional questions either, since they are a wonderful way to share more about yourself and your goals.

Why do you need this scholarship sample answers? ›

Example One – Academic Goals:

I believe I deserve this scholarship because it will help me achieve my future plans and long-term goals. By furthering my education in biology, I can work towards my career goals in the medical field.

Which scholarship is the easiest to get? ›

Start With Your College

Some colleges, especially private schools, automatically consider each applicant for a merit-based scholarship, which is awarded during the acceptance process. These types of scholarships are often the easiest to obtain, since they do not require a separate application.

How do you write a personal statement for early childhood education? ›

My natural ability to connect with children, range of work experience and love of learning are qualities I have, which I believe make me an ideal candidate to embark on the Childhood Studies degree. I am keen to further my understanding and knowledge of child psychology, development, care and education.

Who is most likely to get a scholarship? ›

Learners with a 3.5 or higher GPA (17%) are the most likely to receive private scholarships, followed by those with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.4 (13.1%), 2.5 to 2.9 (10.4%), 2.0 to 2.4 (8.3%), and less than 2.0 (7%) (Kantrowitz, 2019).

What GPA to get a scholarship? ›

When a scholarship asks for a GPA of 3.0 or 4.0, what percentage grade is that? Grade Point Average (GPA) is usually based on a 4 or 5 point scale. A 3.0 is equivalent to a 'B,' and a 4.0 an 'A,' which means your marks should be somewhere in the 75-85% range.

Why are you a good candidate for this scholarship? ›

Explain how the scholarship money would contribute to your long-term goals. You're asking the scholarship committee to invest in your future. They want to ensure their investment goes to a worthy cause. Explain how your education will play a role in your career and overall goals after graduation.

How do you write a 500 word scholarship essay? ›

The format of a 500-word scholarship essay is similar to a shorter essay. Each paragraph is about 75-125 words, and it consists of 3-5 well-written sentences. If you are writing a story or personal anecdote, the formatting can be more like a novel than a news article.

Why do you deserve this scholarship sample essay 100 words? ›

I believe I deserve to be selected for one of your program's scholarships because I am a hard-working student and I will commit myself to effectively take advantage of the opportunity that the scholarships will provide me. Besides this, I constantly try to improve my community by doing volunteer work.

How do you find scholarships you can actually win? ›

Top Tips for Winning Scholarships for College
  1. Create an accomplishments resume. ...
  2. Don't miss deadlines. ...
  3. Complete the scholarship matching profile thoroughly. ...
  4. Apply to as many scholarships as possible. ...
  5. Look for scholarship listing books. ...
  6. Find local scholarships on bulletin boards. ...
  7. Tap into family connections.

How many scholarships should I apply for? ›

How many scholarships should you apply for? The short answer is that you should apply to as many as you can, as early as you can. This means that you need to be looking early, and finding out when deadlines are. But remember, you don't want to make a career out of scholarship searching and application.

Which country gives full free scholarship? ›

Germany. A particularly popular country for admission among students from all over the world. No wonder: In Germany almost all universities are free of charge and the country's largest scholarship fund — DAAD — provides a scholarship to cover living expenses.

Why do you choose early childhood education? ›

A career in early childhood can be very rewarding, providing the opportunity to influence and shape the lives of young children and their families. Early childhood education equips children with the skills and capacity to be effective and engaged learners through school and beyond.

How do you begin a personal statement? ›

Start with why you chose it, then try and summarise this in one or two sentences. Be original and refer to personal experiences as a way to draw attention. Avoid overused opening sentences, quotes and clichés like 'when I was young…' They want to know about you now, not your childhood or Shakespeare!

What is a supporting statement example? ›

For example: “I am now looking to apply the skills I earned throughout my career as a commercial marketing manager into a challenging career role with an organisation that has a clear social purpose mission and impact. ' Remember to add your name to the supporting statement, and to date it.

Why is it so hard to find scholarships? ›

It's very hard to get college scholarship because a student has to go through various levels to get selected. The criteria or the process may vary from college to college. Some of the criteria college follow are academic qualifications, scholarship test, interview etc.

What is the most popular scholarship? ›

Most Popular Scholarships for College Students in 2022
Name of ScholarshipMaximum AwardDeadline Month
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship Program$20,000October
Burger King Scholars Program$25,000January
AXA Achievement Scholarships$25,000December
Gates Millennium Scholars ProgramCOA - Other AidJanuary
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Can I get scholarship with low GPA? ›

In the same way, students having 1.0 to 2.0 GPAs can even apply for scholarships and get rid of the financial crisis. All they need is to narrow down their research and look for universities giving scholarships at such low GPAs.

What is the highest GPA ever recorded? ›

A GPA higher than 5.0 is rare, but school point systems are occasionally structured so that students taking advanced classes can rack up bonus points. One student even managed to land a stunning 10.03 GPA by taking 17 advanced classes at a school that awarded bonus points.

Can you get a scholarship with a 2.0 GPA? ›

There are also numerous scholarships that have no minimum grade point average requirements and are open to all students. Furthermore, there are 2.0 GPA scholarships that are open to any undergraduate, graduate student, or even high school students who wants to apply so they can attend their accredited college.

How do you get a full scholarship? ›

How to Get a Full Scholarship
  1. Know where to look. ...
  2. Prepare in advance. ...
  3. Work hard and keep motivated. ...
  4. Make yourself stand out from other applicants. ...
  5. Read the application instructions carefully. ...
  6. Submit an exceptional scholarship essay or cover letter. ...
  7. Be realistic.

How do you introduce yourself in a scholarship interview? ›

Tell us about yourself.

Highlight your achievements, personality traits, skills, and experiences that will make you an ideal candidate for the scholarship. You can start with a brief bio or highlight key points on your resume. Example: I'm a sophomore at Carlsbad High School.

How would you describe yourself for a scholarship example? ›

These may include:
  • Your current degree, as it applies to your overall career goals. ...
  • Your short-term and long-term professional goals. ...
  • Past experiences that sparked your passions. ...
  • Something about you that relates to their organization. ...
  • Something unique that sets you apart from other applicants.
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How do I write a motivational letter for a scholarship? ›

If your motivation letter is for a scholarship, then here, emphasise why you're interested and indicate why you've chosen this specific course or programme. If it's for a job, underscore your hopes for a job interview. Lastly, say thanks and add a formal closing, such as "Yours sincerely," and your full name.

How do you introduce yourself in a scholarship essay? ›

When introducing yourself in a scholarship essay, start by introducing yourself and your educational status. Then, discuss how the scholarship will help your educational pursuits and how your education can help your career.

How do I make my scholarship essay stand out? ›

8 Tricks to Writing Stand-Out Scholarship Essays
  1. Consider Your Audience. Before you put pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard), think about the organization sponsoring the scholarship. ...
  2. Create an Outline. ...
  3. Craft a Compelling Introduction. ...
  4. Be Concise. ...
  5. Avoid the Thesaurus. ...
  6. Edit, Edit, Edit. ...
  7. Enlist Help. ...
  8. Be Persistent.
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Do I put my name on a scholarship essay? ›

Include your name, scholarship title and essay title on top of page. Sign your essay at the bottom.

How do you answer how will this scholarship help you? ›

1. How will this scholarship help you? You should answer this scholarship essay prompt by explaining how the award money will help you in at least one of the following ways: financially, professionally, and/or academically.

What impact would Receiving this scholarship have on your education? ›

Educational impact

Having a scholarship that pays for your education and living expenses can actually reduce your risk of dropping out and not getting the degree you want. You may even be able to consider a more selective institution or major.

How will this scholarship impact your life and career How will you apply what you learn? ›

A scholarship can make a big difference in your education. The money from a scholarship helps by allowing you to be more selective in how you spend your free time. You'll be able to maximize the college experience through service-learning, volunteer opportunities and internships.

How do you answer how will this scholarship help you? ›

1. How will this scholarship help you? You should answer this scholarship essay prompt by explaining how the award money will help you in at least one of the following ways: financially, professionally, and/or academically.

Why do you need this scholarship essay? ›

The essay is often the most important part of your application; it gives the scholarship committee a sense of who you are and your dedication to your goals. You'll want to make sure that your scholarship essay is the best it can possibly be.

Why do you think you deserve this award? ›

One of the reasons why I deserve this award is because of the passion, sacrifice and discipline shown throughout my lifespan as a student. My classmates always referred to me as the smart guy who demonstrated lots of respect towards school, did the assignment on time and would show affection for every class.

How will this scholarship impact your life and career How will you apply what you learn? ›

A scholarship can make a big difference in your education. The money from a scholarship helps by allowing you to be more selective in how you spend your free time. You'll be able to maximize the college experience through service-learning, volunteer opportunities and internships.

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