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 childcare 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 coursework is recorded on the college transcript.
  • CDA course credits can be applied toward a 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 are available.
  • Continued educational opportunities are available through the scholarship program such as student internships and the CDA program.

Early Childhood Development Education

Options

Tulsa Community College’s Child Development Program provides students with 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

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
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, COM, 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 a 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
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA with a passed OGET or maintain a 3.00 GPA without taking the OGET
  • 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 – July 1
Spring semester – December 1

*The scholarship award only applies to coursework 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:

Melissa Caviness Director of Child Development & Education Scholarships
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-144
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
918-595-8024
melissa.caviness@tulsacc.edu

Morgan Myers, Child Development Education 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 Support Specialist
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-144
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
918-595-8090
shelby.cartwright@tulsacc.edu

Kelly Brasfield-Wilson, Scholar Coordinator (CDA Program)
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-108
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
918-595-7445
kelly.brasfield-wilson@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

  • Oklahoma Resident.
  • Must work for a DHS or tribal-licensed childcare facility.
  • Must work a minimum of 30 hours per week with children.
  • Must work with children year-round.
  • 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:

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

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

  • CDA
  • Certificate of Mastery

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 coursework
  • Academic and student support services
  • Networking with other childcare professionals
  • Outstanding faculty committed to student success
  • Enhance the likelihood that facilities will increase DHS star rating
  • Provides a stipend for completion of a Certificate of Mastery and an Associate degree
  • Increase quality childcare
  • Scholarships for coursework 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

Stephanie Correa-Gomez, Scholar Coordinator, Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-104
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
918-595-8730
stephanie.correagomez@tulsacc.edu

Natalie Osborn, Scholar Coordinator, Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
Tulsa Community College, West Campus L-116
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
918-595-8280
natalie.osborn2@tulsacc.edu

Request Services

Please contact the RCDHH or Kristina Kramer before coming to campus. We can arrange to meet you online.

Northeast Campus Location
Room AB224. (Westside, entrance with the flag poles, 2nd floor)
3727 E. Apache, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115 (Google Map Northeast Campus)
Voice: 918-595-7428
Video Phone: 918-894-6018
Text: 918-809-1864