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 the Annual Conference and Expo 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 the Annual Conference & Expo, this is the Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship.
How do I apply for a scholarship to the 2016 Institute?
Applications for the 2016 National Institute will be available in early January.
Who is eligible for a scholarship?
- NAEYC members are eligible.
- Speakers, presenters, and vendors are ineligible.
What are the application requirements?
- Current NAEYC Member.
- A completed application form.
- One recommendation from a professional reference.
Applications and recommendations must be submitted electronically. Handwritten applications or recommendations will not be accepted. Applications that are incomplete, late, or missing a letter of recommendation will not be considered. You must be a current NAEYC member for your application to be reviewed.
What do I need to know about the letter of recommendation?
Please submit one letter of recommendation written by a current or former supervisor, professional colleague, or professor. If your application does not have a letter of recommendation from a professional reference, it will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to request the recommendation letter as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to complete and submit the form by the due date.
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.