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Early Childhood Education Scholarships

PATCH Scholarships

The PATCH Scholarship program allows people to increase their knowledge in current developmentally appropriate practices and increase the number of people entering into the early care and education profession.

Funded by the Department of Human Services, PATCH scholarships provide training reimbursement for early childhood specific college courses, PACE workshops (converted to college credits) or assessment fees for obtaining or renewing a CDA credential. Maximum amount awarded is $750 per round (3 rounds per year: August, January, May). Limited funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Tuition reimbursements are distributed after the close of each round.

Please note that timing restrictions and application deadlines apply.

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What is eligible?

  • Only tuition of eligible college coursework taken from in-state institutions. (Does not cover books, student fees, technical online fees, etc.)
  • PACE classes that have been converted to college credit
  • CDA Credential ($325 initial assessment fee until Sept 1st, then increases to $425; $50 for renewal fee until Sept 1st, then increases to $100)
  • The ECE Scholarship does not cover out-of-state courses whether campus-based or online
What is the criteria for coursework?

Successful passing of college level courses in early childhood education, conversion of PACE classes to college credits, and/or award of a CDA credential.

  • College courses must be completed June 2013 to May 2014
  • PACE classes converted to college credits. Transcripts reflect semester Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014 or Spring 2014
  • CDA Credential must be dated on or after June 2013 through May 2014
  • Courses must be eligible ECE focused courses

For scholarship applications for 2013-2014 school year, click here.  Application and scholarship instructions, click here.  Or contact your local PATCH office for more information.

Please read the instructions thoroughly.  Applications missing information or documentation will not be processed.

Application Deadlines postmarked on or before:

1st Round: August 31, 2013
2nd Round: January 15, 2014
3rd Round: May 31, 2014

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