Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

Providing Educational Opportunities for Child Care Professionals

Eligibility Requirements
Who is eligible for a scholarship?

  • Any teacher/director/family child care provider who is employed by a DHS/tribal licensed child care program where, at time of application, is a one-star plus or above and has at least 10 percent of its licensed capacity is filled with children receiving DHS/tribal subsidy.

Child Care Provider Requirements

  • Must earn $15.50 per hour or less.
  • If you are a Family Child Care Home Provider, must be willing to sign a Verification of Income Form (form provided with application).
  • Must work a minimum of 30 hours per week with children.
  • At time of application, the scholar must be employed for six months at their current facility. 
  • Limit of six credit hours for fall and spring semesters and three credit hours for summer during first year on scholarship.                  

What Does the Scholars Scholarship Provide?

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The scholarship will provide 70 percent of tuition and fees, and 100 percent of required books for eligible scholars for:

  • Child development/Early Childhood Education courses leading toward a CDA credential
  • Certificate of Mastery
  • Director’s Certificate of Mastery (only directors or assistant directors) *Completion (after obtaining a Certificate of Mastery)
  • Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Mission Statement 
The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program will ensure that eligible child care professionals in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to attend a two-year college to further their education while earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director’s Certificate of Completion, and/or an associate degree in child development or early childhood education.

Program Benefits:

  • Technical assistance and support from the Scholar Coordinator
  • College credit for course work
  • Academic and student support services
  • Networking with other child care professionals
  • Outstanding faculty committed to student success
  • Enhance likelihood that facilities will increase DHS star rating
  • Educational stipends
  • Increase quality child care
  • Scholarships for course work at two-year colleges and career technology centers
  • Scholarships for CDA assessment application process

Scholar Coordinator Assistance:
The Scholar Coordinator will help you with:

  • On-site Technical Assistance
  • Scholars Program information
  • Pell Grant
  • College Admission
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Salary Supplement (REWARD) 
 Melissa Schad
Scholar Coordinator
Phone: 918-595-8024
Fax: 918.595.8204

Ashley Watkins
Scholar Coordinator
Phone: 918.595.8280
Fax: 918.595.8204


Tulsa Community College
West Campus
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107

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