SCHOLARS PROGRAM BENEFITS
- Support and technical assistance from scholar coordinators.
- College credit for course work.
- Academic and student support services.
- Networking with other child care professionals.
- Outstanding faculty committed to student success.
- Increase quality child care.
- Scholarships for course work at career technology centers and community colleges.
- Scholarship for the CDA or CCP Credential Assessment application process.
BENEFITS OF EARNING A CREDENTIAL
- Increased knowledge.
- Increased confidence.
- Increased opportunity for better pay, recognition and a sense of accomplishment.
- Improved job performance and service to children and families.
- Reinforce commitment to child development.
- Professional achievement that validates knowledge and skills in child development.
SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
Being a scholar is a collaborative process between you and the Scholars program. Working closely with your scholar coordinator can help you set and achieve goals, connect with campus resources and make responsible decisions consistent with your interests, goals, abilities and credential.
The Scholars program promotes scholar success by empowering scholars to take responsibility for achieving their academic and professional goals.
- Provide support services and technical assistance.
- Help scholars navigate through the entire process, from the application for the scholarship, admissions and financial aid to credential completion.
- Provide academic and career advisement to ensure scholars’ success.
- Provide guidance in exploring scholars’ credential options to ensure compatibility with educational and professional goals.
For more information or assistance, contact the scholar coordinator in your area:
Carl Albert State College, Poteau, Verna Corley, 918.647.1252
Connors State College, Muskogee, Anna Sobba, 918.463.6356
Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton, Quen Wilczek, 405.225.9397
Murray State College, Ardmore, Heather McLean, 580.319.0304
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, Linda Davis, 918.540.6172
Northern Oklahoma College, Stillwater, Jayme Elam, 405.762.9141, or Silvia Rodriguez, 405.334.2505
Oklahoma City Community College, Carina Amrine, 405.682.7832
Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City, Jeff Rosson, 405.945.9168
Redlands Community College, El Reno, Karen Huett, 405.422.1286
Rose State College, Midwest City, Jennifer Bachhofer, 405.733.7449
Seminole State College, Seminole, Lynetta Robins, 405.382.9522
Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Natalie Osborn, 918.595.4646
Western Oklahoma State College, Altus, Alejandra Tillman, 580.477.7821
To qualify for the Scholars program, child care providers must:
- Be employed at a licensed child care facility at least three months before beginning course work.
- Be employed in a licensed child care facility participating in the state QRIS program with a rating of one star or higher.
- Be employed as a teacher, assistant director, director, family child care provider assistant, or family child care provider (caring for children other than my own) working at least 30 hours per week.
- Agree to be on a child development or early childhood education plan of study at a partnering Community College.
With the Scholars program, you can:
- Get free books.
- Pay no tuition for the Certificate of Mastery through spring 2024 and 10% of tuition and fees for the associate degree in CD/ECE.
- Earn Pell Grants for additional aid, if qualified.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP BROCHURE
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, visit the links on the right or contact the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 866.343.3881 (toll free) or the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care scholar coordinator in your area.