Child Development Scholarships

Bridging the Gap Scholarship

This scholarship program supports students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Certificate of Mastery, or an Associate degree in Child Development.

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Scholars for Excellence in Childcare

The Scholars program offers scholarships to working childcare professionals who pursue child development or early childhood education classes and earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification.

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  Bridging the Gap Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
Certificate & Degree Plans Covered
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) – with a Bilingual option
  • Certificate of Mastery (CoM)
  • Associate of Applied Science – Early Childhood
  • Associate of Science: ECE Teacher certification (OU transfer)
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Certificate of Mastery (CoM)
  • Director’s Certificate of Completion (DCoC)
  • Associate of Science: Non-Teacher certification
Award Amount
  • 100% books
  • $10.00 copay per credit hour to be paid by the student
  • 100% tuition, fees, and books (CDA only)
  • 90% tuition & fees
  • 100% books
Other Stipends, Benefits, etc.
  • Professional Development opportunities
  • $200 completion stipend for CDA credential, CoM, and Associate degree
  • Student Internship Program
  • Technical assistance provided
  • $800 completion stipend for CoM
  • $1,000 completion stipend for DCoC
  • $1,500 completion stipend for associate degree
  • One-on-one assistance and support from Scholar Coordinator
  • Site visits
  • Technical assistance provided
Application Requirements
  • Oklahoma resident
  • US citizen with a social security number
  • FAFSA on file every year
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA for AS Teacher certification
  • Maintain 2.0 GPA for COM and AAS

*Scholarships are awarded based on an evaluation of applications by the scholarship committee

  • Oklahoma resident
  • Must work for an OKDHS or Tribal licensed childcare center or family childcare home provider
  • Work minimum of 30 hrs./week
  • Must work with children year-round
Application Dates
  • Fall - July 15
  • Summer - May 15
  • Spring - Dec. 1
  • Fall - July 15
  • Mid-Fall - Sept. 15
  • Spring - Dec. 15
  • Mid-Spring - Feb. 15
  • Summer - May 15th
Contact Us To Apply

To apply for the Bridging the Gap Scholarship, contact: 

Morgan Myers
Education Specialist

To apply for the Scholars for Excellence in Childcare Scholarship, contact: 

Neysa Ussrey-McIntosh
Scholarship Support Specialist
Office: 918-595-8280
Cell: 918-402-9064