Scholarship Opportunity Available to Early Childhood Development Students


UACCM is one of five community college with early childhood development programs that are participating in this initiative.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Arkansas Initiative is offering a new scholarship opportunity for UACCM students in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program. Along with travel stipends and a bonus upon completion, the scholarship pays 90 percent of the tuition, fees, and textbook costs for those pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree. 

The scholarship is part of a nationwide effort to improve the quality of educators working with young children, while making college more affordable and increasing income potential. The scholarship’s goal is to fill the high-demand field in Arkansas’s early education centers. To qualify for the scholarship, students must work at least 30 hours per week at an eligible, licensed family child care center, which fits well with the requirements of UACCM’s program. The ECD program is designed for students to gain field experience at the day-care facility on campus—the Earle Love Child Study Center—or other sites. Once awarded the scholarship, students must complete 9-15 semester hours towards a degree.

Additionally, the scholarship provides flexibility. A travel stipend of $80 is provided per semester, and recipients will also receive a $450 bonus upon completing the scholarship. Recipients may receive other scholarships or Pell Grants to cover the remaining portion of their tuition, book costs, and other living expenses. 

UACCM is one of only three community colleges accredited by the Childhood Higher Education Program. ECD’s mission is to improve the lives of children. It provides a comprehensive degree plan, combining classroom study and field experience with children from birth to eight years of age. Graduates leave the program with the awarding employment at child care centers, Head Start, infant/toddler teaching positions, and more. 

More information about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Arkansas Initiative.

More information about the Early Childhood Development program.

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