Scholarships and Incentives

Visit the following links to opportunities for scholarships in the state of Arizona granted for pursuing Early Childhood Professional Development.

Arizona Teachers Academy at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
The Arizona Teachers Academy at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College provides significant financial aid and distinctive educational and professional development experiences to students who are Arizona residents and commit to teaching in Arizona’s Title I schools after graduation.

AzAEYC Rhian Evans Allvin and Joshua J. Allen Scholarship 2016
The Rhian Evans Allvin and Joshua J. Allen Scholarships were created to acknowledge the outstanding service of two early childhood professionals by recognizing their leadership qualities and commitment to early childhood education and public policies that support the well-being of young children.

College Board Scholarship Search

Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) is soliciting applications for Child Care Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on child care policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students.

Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications for the Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors. Competitive applicants will 1) demonstrate a collaborative partnership with their program partners, and 2) pursue research questions that directly inform local, state, or federal policy relevant to multiple early care and education practices.

Earn to Learn
The AZ Earn to Learn (AZEL) program is a collaboration of the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.  Its purpose is to help limited-income Arizonans to save for college.

FastWeb Scholarship Search

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

First Things First College Scholarship for Early Childhood Professionals
The FTF College Scholarship provides the early childhood workforce working directly with or on behalf of young children birth through age five access to education and training to achieve degrees, credentials and specialized skills to promote children’s development. The FTF College Scholarship may only be accessed by members of the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry. Please contact the Arizona Registry at or 1.855.818.6613 to apply for a scholarship.

National Student Loan Data System

Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance

The Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP)
Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Child Care Administration (CCA)

The Professional REWARD$ program is a First Things First statewide initiative offering a financial incentive to child care professionals working with children birth through age 5.

SallieMae Scholarship Search

Student Loan Options for Teachers

Teach for America

Tuition Support Program

The Tuition Support Program is administered by Smart Support and is a program of Southwest Human Development. Its goal is to increase the number of mental health professionals in Arizona who have expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disturbances and disorders that affect children in the birth to 5 age range and who have the knowledge and skills to help families and early childhood professionals in the community support the mental health and social-emotional development of young children.