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Early Childhood Educators
Scholarship Program
The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate's or bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must:
  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
  • Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology).
  • Be employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study.
  • Have not previously earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Sign an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined.
Eligible Institutions
For the purpose of the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an eligible institution is defined as a regionally accredited public or private college or university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that offers an Early Childhood Education program of study or program in a related field. The following are the eligible colleges and universities:

American International College Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Anna Maria College Massasoit Community College
Assumption College Merrimack College
Atlantic Union College Middlesex Community College
Bay Path College Mount Holyoke College
Becker College Mount Ida College
Berkshire Community College Mount Wachusett Community College
Boston College Northeastern University
Boston University Northern Essex Community College
Brandeis University North Shore Community College
Bridgewater State University Pine Manor College
Bristol Community College Quincy College
Bunker Hill Community College Quinsigamond Community College
Cambridge College Regis College
Cape Cod Community College Roxbury Community College
Clark University Salem State University
Curry College Simmons College
Dean College Smith College
Elms College Springfield Technical Community College
Emmanuel College Stonehill College
Endicott College Tufts University
Fisher College University of Massachusetts Amherst
Fitchburg State University University of Massachusetts Boston
Framingham State University University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Gordon College University of Massachusetts Lowell
Greenfield Community College Urban College of Boston
Hellenic College Westfield State University
Holyoke Community College Wheaton College
Lasell College Wheelock College
Lesley University Worcester State University
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Award Amounts
The scholarship under this program is based on a per credit rate, depending on the type of institution as provided below. Applicants may receive scholarships to assist with the cost of no more than three courses per semester during the traditional fall, spring and summer:
Institution Type Maximum award amounts
Public University $500 per credit, maximum of $4,500 per semester
Private College/University $500 per credit, maximum of $4,500 per semester
State College $400 per credit, maximum of $3,600 per semester
Community College $250 per credit, maximum of $2,250 per semester
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