The department has multiple scholarship opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level. It also offers graduate assistantships. Applications for scholarships are due by March 15th. Graduate assistantship applications should be made by May 1st to be competitive.
Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships

The department has several undergraduate scholarships available for incoming and continuing students. Below are listed the scholarships that are typically available. Each scholarship has unique qualification criteria, and a unique application that needs to be filled out. You may apply to more than one scholarship.

Microgrants are smaller monetary awards ($100 or less) to support students’ professional development activities and help to offset academic-related expenses. There are two microgrant options for majors within the department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies. Applications are accepted anytime during the fall and spring semesters.
**May take up to 2 weeks for your application to be reviewed/approved**

Sunshine Grant

Criteria:

  • Open to all ECYFS majors
  • Proven financial need

Homeplace Grant

Criteria:

  • Open to all ECYFS majors
  • Must identify as a member of an underrepresented group (e.g., person of color, LGBTQ+, first generation college student, person with disabilities)

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Criteria:

  • Student majoring in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten/primary education
  • Proven financial need
  • Possess a great desire to work with children
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

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Criteria:

  • Majoring in Family and Child or Early Childhood Education
  • Proven financial need

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Criteria:

  • Upper level students majoring in Family and Child or Early Childhood Education
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Proven financial need
  • Preference is given to female students

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Criteria:

  • Incoming freshman pursuing a major in Early Childhood Education

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Graduate Scholarship

The Scholarship for Advancing Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Criteria:

  • Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education program, with a minimum of 24 credit hours completed;
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0; and
  • First preference given to students graduating by May 2021.

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Graduate Assistantships

Do you need help paying for your graduate work in early childhood? Are you interested in working closely with faculty while gaining hands-on experience in your field? Our department is committed to providing practical opportunities for both professional and personal growth through our graduate assistantships. Students from any department are welcome to apply for an assistantship.

  • Work with faculty members 20 hours per week (fall and spring semesters).
  • Duties depend on specific departmental needs and may include research, teaching, laboratory management, and other specialized duties.
  • Tuition waiver in accordance with university policies (applies to fall, spring, and summer)
  • Stipend based on departmental budget allocation

You must be officially admitted to a graduate degree program in the university and be registered for at least 6 hours of graduate work a semester to be eligible for an assistantship.

Complete the online application form.

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