Apply for a Lasting Legacy Scholarship to attend the Professional Learning Institute
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The Application Process for a Lasting Legacy Scholarship is Now Closed!
Calling all emerging leaders! We are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019 Professional Learning Institute, June 2-5, 2019, in Long Beach, CA.
NAEYC is pleased to offer six conference scholarships to attendees who can demonstrate their potential as emerging leaders in early childhood education.
Awardees will receive a complimentary conference registration, hotel accommodations, and a travel stipend (travel provided within the United States only). This competitive application process is open to current NAEYC members. Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.
Lasting Legacy Scholarships are funded by NAEYC's Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign to support the development of a diverse cadre of emerging leaders within the early childhood field. We thank them for their generous donations!
The deadline to apply and submit all the forms is Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM (ET).
Applicants will be considered for these scholarships:
Lasting Legacy Scholarships (four scholarships awarded)
All Lasting Legacy Scholarships will now include support for hotel and travel costs. Lasting Legacy Scholarships are funded by NAEYC’s Building a Lasting Legacy campaign to support the development of a diverse cadre of emerging leaders within the early childhood field by giving them the opportunity to experience the professional learning and networking opportunities associated with NAEYC conferences.
Diane Trister Dodge Lasting Legacy Scholarship (one scholarship awarded)
One Lasting Legacy Scholarship is designated as the Diane Trister Dodge Scholarship, honoring her many contributions to our field. Diane’s commitment to ensuring every child has access to high-quality early learning goes back to the 1960s when she worked in Mississippi in some of the first Head Start programs. Diane learned to use the latest research on effective teaching as the basis for developing resources that are practical, easy-to-understand, and respectful of teachers at all levels of experience. Diane founded Teaching Strategies, Inc. in 1988 with a clear mission: to make a positive difference in early childhood education.
Hal Kaplan Emerging Leader Scholarship (one scholarship awarded)
NAEYC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the Kaplan Early Learning Company to support the Hal Kaplan Emerging Leader Scholarship. Kaplan recognizes that elevating the field of early childhood education is dependent on the ambition and cooperation with diverse, new voices in our industry, and sees support of these rising stars as a promise to future generations of young learners. This scholarship is offered to emerging leaders in the field of early childhood education with fewer than 2 years of experience in a management position and from a historically under-represented population.
Scholarship Application and Recommendation Forms
Applicants must complete and submit the online scholarship application and recommendation form by March 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM (ET). Applications that are incomplete or late will not be considered. Speakers, presenters, and vendors attending the conference are not eligible to apply. Applicants are encouraged to request their recommendation from a supervisor or professional colleague as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the recommendation to be completed and submitted. The recommendation must be received by the deadline to complete the application.
What is the review process?
Applications and recommendations are reviewed by members of the NAEYC Governing Board Alumni network and staff. The reviewers will consider the applicants':
- demonstrated commitment to the early childhood profession,
- likelihood of using the conference experience effectively, and
- potential to make significant contributions to the early childhood profession as an emerging leader.
Only applicants who have been in early childhood program management positions for fewer than 2 years are eligible for consideration for the new Hal Kaplan Scholarship.
How do I know if my application and recommendation form were received?
After you submit your application and recommendation form, you will receive a confirmation email from NAEYC.
If I am awarded one of the scholarships, what is expected of me?
By submitting an application, you are agreeing to attend the complete NAEYC 2019 Professional Learning Institute if you are selected, including events identified specifically for scholarship recipients.
Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in group photos that NAEYC may use in future promotional and marketing materials. Awardees are also expected to submit a written or video reflection about their conference experience.
When will I find out if I have received a scholarship?
Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications by April 15, 2019.
If I applied for a scholarship, should I still register for the Professional Learning Institute?
If you've already registered for the conference and then selected to receive a scholarship, NAEYC will reimburse your registration costs. If you are not selected for a scholarship, an Early Bird rate registration code will be provided should you register for the conference. Keep in mind, all registration and travel costs will be covered for selected scholarship recipients.
Whom do I contact if I have questions?
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