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. Separate competitions fund merit-based awards to cover registration costs for NAEYC's Annual Conference and the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development.
One 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 NAEYC's Annual Conference, this is the Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship.
How do I apply for a scholarship to the 2016 Institute?
The application period has ended. The deadline for submissions was March 29, 2016 at 11:59PM.
Who is eligible for a scholarship?
- NAEYC members are eligible.
- Speakers, presenters, and vendors are ineligible.
How do I know if my application was received?
After you submit an application or recommendation, you should be directed to a page that confirms receipt of the submission. 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 are asked to take group photos that NAEYC may use in future promotional and marketing materials. Scholarship recipients are also required to submit a written reflection about their conference experiences.
If I applied for a scholarship, should I still register for the conference?
Yes. If you plan to attend the conference whether or not you receive a scholarship, you are encouraged to register early. This will allow you to take advantage of Early Bird Registration rates. If you receive a scholarship, NAEYC will reimburse you for registration costs.
When will I find out if I received a scholarship?
Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications before the Early Bird Registration deadline.