What are the Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign Scholarships?
NAEYC established the Building a Lasting Legacy Scholarships to allow future leaders to experience the many opportunities for professional development and networking at NAEYC conferences. These merit-based awards pay registration costs for 7 recipients.
One additional applicant receives a full scholarship that provides reimbursement for registration, travel, meals, and housing costs. For the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, this is the Diane Trister Dodge Scholarship Award. For the Annual Conference & Expo this is the Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship.
Meet the 2012 Legacy Scholarship Recipients!
How do I apply for a scholarship?
To apply, you must submit a completed application and recommendation. The deadline for Institute applications is March 1, 2014.
Who can apply for a scholarship?
- NAEYC members are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
- Speakers, presenters, and vendors are ineligible.
What are the application requirements?
- A completed application form and one recommendation from a professional reference, such as a current or former supervisor, colleague, or professor.
- Applications that are incomplete, late, or missing a letter of recommendation will not be considered.
- Applications must be submitted electronically. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
- For the Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship, preference will be given to administrators of NAEYC accredited programs who demonstrate that they are emerging leaders working to support family engagement in a culturally diverse program.
Where are the application and recommendation forms located?
The forms for the 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development will be available on this page by December 15, 2013.
What do I need to know about the letter of recommendation?
One letter of recommendation written by a supervisor or professional colleague is required. If your application does not have a letter of recommendation, it will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to request the recommendation letter as soon as possible so that there is sufficient time to complete and submit the form by the due date.
How do I know if my application was received?
You will receive an automatic reply email with your application information. If you do not receive an email confirming your submission, this means we have not received it. Due to the large number of applications received we cannot update individuals on the status of their submissions.
How do I know if my professional reference submitted my letter of recommendation?
The person submitting your letter of recommendation should receive an automatic reply email. If this email is not received, we have not received the letter. We encourage all applicants to follow up with their references.
If I am awarded one of the scholarships, what is expected of me?
NAEYC staff host required meetings for scholarship recipients to network and share experiences. By submitting an application, you agree to attend the meetings if you are selected.
- Orientation meeting
- Opening General Session and Keynote Address. (Scholarship recipients will be recognized as a group during this session.)
- Wrap-up meeting
In addition to these events, scholarship recipients will be asked to take group photos that NAEYC may use in future promotional and marketing materials. Scholarship recipients are also asked to write a brief statement about their conference experiences.
If I am planning on applying for a scholarship, should I register for the conference now?
If you plan to attend the conference whether or not you receive a scholarship, you are encouraged to register early and take advantage of Early Bird Registration rates. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, NAEYC will reimburse you for registration costs.
If I applied for a scholarship, when will I find out if I received it?
Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications before the Early Bird Registration deadline.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Cathy Kennedy if you have additional questions.
Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship
NAEYC is pleased to announce the very first Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship to be awarded to an NAEYC member to attend NAEYC's Annual Conference & Expo. This merit-based scholarship provides reimbursement for registration, travel, meals, and housing costs. The selection will also be based on the applicant's contributions as an emerging leader working to support family engagement as an administrator in a culturally diverse program.
To apply for the Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship, complete the application process as described above. All applicants who meet the requirements for this scholarship will be considered.