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Early Childhood Education Scholarships

PATCH Scholarships

The PATCH Scholarship program allows people to increase their knowledge in current developmentally appropriate practices and increase the number of people entering into the early care and education profession.

Funded by the Department of Human Services, PATCH scholarships provide training reimbursement for early childhood specific college courses, PACE workshops (converted to college credits) or assessment fees for obtaining or renewing a CDA credential. Maximum amount awarded is $600 per round (3 rounds per year: August, January, May). Limited funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Priority is given to those who are currently employed in a licensed Child Care Facility or operating a registered family child care home. Tuition reimbursements are distributed after the close of each round. Scholarship awards are dependent upon fund availability; therefore all qualified scholarships may not be reimbursed if funds are exhausted.

Please note that timing restrictions and application deadlines apply.

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What is eligible?

  • Only tuition of eligible college coursework taken from Hawaii colleges. (Does not cover books, student fees, technical online fees, etc.)
  • PACE classes that have been converted to college credit
  • CDA Credential initial assessment or renewal fee.
  • The ECE Scholarship does not cover out-of-state courses whether campus-based or online.
  • Applicants must live in Hawaii.
What is the criteria for coursework?

Successful passing of college level courses in early childhood education, conversion of PACE classes to college credits, and/or award of a CDA credential.

  • College courses must be completed June 2016 to May 2017.
  • PACE classes converted to college credits. Transcripts reflect semester Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.
  • CDA Credential must be dated on or after June 2016 through May 2017.
  • Courses must be eligible ECE focused courses.

Click here for Scholarship application instructions for 2016-2017 school year. 

Click here for 2016-17 Scholarship Application Form in PDF format.

Or contact your local PATCH office for more information. 

Please read the instructions thoroughly.  Applications missing information or documentation will not be processed.

Application Deadlines postmarked on or before:

1st Round: August 31, 2016
2nd Round: January 15, 2017
3rd Round: May 31, 2017

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