Funded by NAEYC’s Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign, NAEYC Conference Scholarships allow emerging leaders to experience the many opportunities for professional development and networking at NAEYC conferences. Separate competitions fund awards to cover registration fees for NAEYC's Annual Conference and the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development.
Up to 20 scholarships providing free conference registration will be awarded to NAEYC members who are exemplary emerging leaders for the 2016 NAEYC Annual Conference in Los Angeles. In addition, two scholarships that also cover travel, meals, and housing costs will be awarded this fall—the Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel Scholarship and the Gera Jacobs Scholarship.
How do I apply?
Complete this application and also ask someone who has worked with you in a professional, supervisory capacity to complete the online reference form found here. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2016 at 11:59PM.
What are the eligibility requirements?
- You must be a current NAEYC member.
- Speakers, presenters, and vendors are ineligible.
- Priority is given to emerging leaders who have not attended previous NAEYC conferences.
What is the review process?
Applications and references are reviewed by members of the NAEYC Governing Board Alumni network. Reviews are based on:
- Demonstrated commitment to the early childhood profession.
- Likelihood of using the conference experience effectively.
- Potential to make significant contributions as an emerging leader.
The top rated applications will then be considered for the Jerlean E. Daniel and Gera Jacobs Scholarships. Other winners will receive registration-only scholarships.
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 to confirm that the recommendation was submitted.
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 are expected to attend these meetings if you are selected:
- Orientation meeting
- Opening general session and keynote address (Scholarship recipients will be recognized at this session.)
- Wrap-up meeting
In addition to these events, scholarship recipients are expected to participate in 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.
When will I find out if I received a scholarship?
Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications by October 1.
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.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Debra Sharpe if you have additional questions.