Child Development Scholarships

Scholarships for Early Childhood Development Majors

Bridging the Gap Scholarship Program for Early Childhood Education

Goals of the Infant/Toddler Development Program:

  • Increase the number of caregivers who have education and training in the area of infant/toddler development.
  • Provide current and future infant/toddler caregivers with knowledge and skills to facilitate healthy brain development.
  • Improve the quality of infant/toddler care provided in licensed child care facilities.
  • Improve staff educational opportunities.
  • Reduce staff turnover in the field of infant/toddler child care.

Why choose Infant/Toddler Development at TCC?

  • Financial assistance for participants.
  • Completed course work is recorded on college transcript.
  • CDA course credits can be applied toward Certificate of Mastery and TCC Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • Added mentoring and support from the Director of Early Childhood and Scholarship Support Specialist.
  • More possibilities for wage increase after completing a credential or degree program.
  • Assistance in job placement for new caregivers upon completion of the program.
  • Help improve the quality of infant/toddler childcare in Oklahoma.
  • Day, evening, weekend, online, short course and blended classes available.
  • Continued educational opportunities available through the scholarship program such as student internships and CDA program.

Early Childhood Development Education

Options

Tulsa Community College’s Child Development Program provides students several study choices in the area of infant/toddler development.

  • CDA (Child Development Associate) Bi-lingual option available.
  • Child Development Certificate of Mastery
  • Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree with Early Childhood Option
  • Early Childhood Education Associate of Science degree with transfer option to OU-Tulsa
  • Early Childhood Education Associate of Science degree - Non-Teacher Certification

All programs prepare students to work in child and family related environments including community agencies, childcare facilities and early childhood education.

Scholarship Information

Area of Focus Children ages 0 to 5
Certificate and Degree Plans Covered
  • CDA
  • Certificate of Mastery
  • Associate of Applied Science – Early Childhood Option
  • Associate of Science - Early Childhood Education OU Transfer Option
  • Associate of Science - Non-Teacher Certification
Award Amount Tuition, Fees, and books, less a $10 per credit hour copay for required classes to complete the chosen certificate/degree plan listed above
Other Benefits
  • Stipend paid upon completion of CDA, AAS degree, and AS degree
  • Opportunity to participate in Scholar Internship Program at Tulsa Educare (applications on accepted in January and August)
  • Opportunity for financial assistance to complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at OU-Tulsa
  • Academic and student support services from the Child Development Scholarship Support Specialist

Graduates of the TCC-OU transfer degree wanting to continue at OU-Tulsa must submit separate application for the OU ECE scholarship

Application Requirements
  • Oklahoma resident
  • 2.0 GPA for Certificate of Mastery, Associate of Applied Science - Early Childhood Option
  • 2.75 GPA for AS - ECE degree plan
  • Demonstrate an interest in working with children 0 - 5
  • Completed application and essays
  • Upon award recipients will be required to sign a Statement of Commitment
Application Dates

Fall semester – June 1
Spring semester – November 1

*The scholarship award only applies to course work required to complete an associate degree or certificates at TCC. Recipients who want to continue at OU-Tulsa should contact an OU-Tulsa advisor for information on their scholarship application process.*

Kaiser Bridging the Gap Scholarship Application

Bridging the Gap Contact Information:

Amber Chase, M.S. Director of Child Development & Education Scholarships
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-108
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8050
amber.chase@tulsacc.edu

Morgan Myers, Child Development Scholarship Support Specialist
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-144
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8109
morgan.myers@tulsacc.edu

Shelby Cartwright, Child Development Scholarship Administrative Assistant
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-144
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8090
shelby.cartwright@tulsacc.edu

Rikki Cost, Child Development Scholarship Administrative Assistant
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-144
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8244
rikki.cost@tulsacc.edu


Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

Providing Educational Opportunities for Child Care Professionals

Eligibility Requirements

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Any teacher/director/assistant director/family child care home provider who is employed by a DHS/tribal licensed child care program where, at time of application, is a one-star center or home provider or headstart program.

Child Care Provider Requirements

  • Must earn $15.50 per hour or less as a teacher or $20.00 per hour or less as an Assistant Director or Director.
  • 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 a qualifying center with no more than 30 days grace period in between employment.
  • Limit of 6 classes during the year of scholarship for spring, summer, and fall semesters.

What Does the Scholars Scholarship Provide?

The scholarship will provide 90 percent of tuition and fees, and 100 percent of required books for eligible scholars for:

  • Certificate of Mastery
  • Director’s Certificate of Completion (after obtaining a Certificate of Mastery)
  • Associate of Science Degree in Child Development

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
  • Provides a stipend for completion of Certificate of Mastery and an Associate degree
  • Increase quality child care
  • Scholarships for course work at two-year colleges and career technology centers

Scholar Coordinator Assistance

The Scholar Coordinator will help you with:

  • On-site Technical Assistance
  • Books
  • Scholars Program information
  • Pell Grant
  • College Admission

Melissa Caviness, Scholar Coordinator, Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-116
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8024
melissa.caviness@tulsacc.edu

Cacey Cottom, Scholarship Support Specialist, Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-112
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8280
cacey.cottom@tulsacc.edu