Early Childhood Development Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $6,606
Awards Available: 10
Award Deadline: Oct 1, 2024

The Early Childhood Development Scholarship helps Kentuckians who work in daycares and preschool settings earn credentials, certificates and degrees in the field of early childhood education.

Eligibility

To qualify for an Early Childhood Development Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled in a qualifying program of study at a participating institution pursuing one of the approved credentials.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the student’s institution.
  • Be employed at least 20 hours weekly in a participating early childhood facility or be employed as a preschool associate teacher in a state-funded pre-school program.
  • Not be eligible for state or federal training funds through Head Start, a public preschool program, or First Steps.
  • Have no unpaid financial obligation to KHEAA or to any other Title IV program.
  • Agree to a service commitment based on the credential pursued.

Approved Programs of Study

The following programs of study (majors) have been approved for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship program:

  • Child Development Associate Credential
  • Associate’s degree in early childhood education
  • Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education or a related program approved by the Early Childhood Development Authority
  • Master’s degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education
  • Kentucky Early Childhood Development Director’s Certificate

Application

Students must complete two applications in order to be considered for an Early Childhood Development Scholarship:

  • FAFSA
  • Early Childhood Development Scholarship application - Available by signing in to MyKHEAA and then navigating to the "Apply Online for Scholarships" link
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