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Early Childhood Education Scholarship

Funded by the ECE PDO at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC)


The Early Childhood Education Scholarship funded by PHMC offers teachers who currently work in a childcare setting or are temporarily out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity to become certified prek-4 teachers. The scholarship is also an alternative option to teachers who may not be eligible for the TEACH PA Scholarship. The scholarship covers 100% of a student’s tuition. Non-tuition expenses (books, lost compensation from student teaching, etc.) may also be covered. The scholarship covers at least 18 credit hours, the equivalent of 6 courses per year. Students will have the opportunity to renew their scholarship each year.

Which programs are covered by the scholarship?

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

  • You currently work in an early childhood education center in the Philadelphia region
    • Or you recently worked in an early childhood center but are temporarily out of work due to COVID-19. You intend to return to work in the ECE sector after COVID.
  • You do not qualify for the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship for some reason (e.g., your employer is not financially able to pay the 5% TEACH co-pay, or you lost your TEACH scholarship due to job loss associated with COVID-19 but you plan to return to ECE employment).
  • You qualify for T.E.A.C.H. but need to enroll in coursework sooner than T.E.A.C.H. can accommodate. Fo example, if T.E.A.C.H. funds are exhausted for the remainder of the academic year, or you are currently wait-listed for T.E.A.C.H. and want to start classes immediately, then this scholarship can fill the gap. 

Priority admission will be offered if:

  • You work for an ECE center located in West Philadelphia
  • Your center has a Star 1 or 2 designation
    • There are a few spots available for Star 3 & 4 applicants.

How do I Apply?

Application Process / Please Send:

Submit all requested materials to Michael Haslip, Director of the ECE Scholarship at Drexel University in the School of Education, via email at Please also direct questions to Dr. Haslip.

  • The business name, address and star designation of your ECE center.
  • Name and contact information of the center director.
  • One letter of recommendation from a supervisor or former college instructor:
    • Addresses your ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA at Drexel
    • Addresses your ability to persist through challenges to achieve your goal
    • Addresses your integrity and professionalism

This letter can be sent via email from your recommender directly to the scholarship director at Drexel, Michael Haslip.

Personal statement, written by the applicant:

  • Applicant name, phone number, email address, and home address
  • Your employer and the number of hours you work per week currently.
    • If unemployed: be sure to address your intent to immediately return to ECE employment once COVID-19 related complications have lifted. You need to have prior work experience in an ECE center to apply. Address your years of prior work experience in ECE in your letter.
  • The program you are seeking to attend (e.g., online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with PK – 4 certification)
  • Explain why you are most deserving of the award by addressing your ability to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, to persist through challenges, to engage professionally with faculty and students and to communicate well.
  • Explain why you do not qualify for the TEACH scholarship or why it is not available to you right now, if you do qualify for it. 
  • Explain how/why you meet any other scholarship criteria listed above, such as working in West Philadelphia, etc.
  • If you do not meet the priority qualifications (e.g. you work at a Star 3 or 4 center; or you work outside of West Philadelphia, but in the region) explain why your situation is especially deserving.

This statement can be written as an email directly to the scholarship director at Drexel, Michael Haslip.

Incomplete applications and missing information:

  • Incomplete applications, or missing information within letters of recommendation or personal statements, will lower your chances of acceptance because evidence of professionalism is being determined.
  • Incomplete applications or missing information may delay your acceptance. 

Deadline: rolling application and review process during the 20-21 academic year. There is no set deadline, it is a year-round rolling application, review and admission process contingent upon current grant fund availability. 

  • Please email the director to ask if awards remain available prior to submitting your application. Applicants meeting all required and priority qualifications (see "what are the requirements" above), and who complete the application fully and correctly, will be awarded a scholarship on a first come, first serve basis.

Application review and decision-making process

  • Your transcripts, personal statement and letter of recommendation will be reviewed on the basis of meeting the required and priority qualifications (above) and on the basis of your ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA while at Drexel, to persist and persevere and to maintain a spirit of collegiality with faculty and students during your time at Drexel. 
  • Note: you can apply for the ECE scholarship funded by PHMC before you apply to Drexel. If your scholarship is accepted, you will be instructed to apply to Drexel for admission. If your application to Drexel itself is declined, the scholarship likewise cannot be awarded.


For questions about the Early Childhood Education Scholarship funded by PHMC, please contact Dr. Michael Haslip at