Bright Futures Scholarship

2016 National Program for Aspiring ECE Teachers

Our Bright Future’s Scholarship Program supports the field of early childhood education by offering financial assistance for future teachers. We believe the profession of early childhood education deserves more respect and support. It is our hope that this program will be a way to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of caring and teaching young children.

We are excited to offer financial assistance ranging from $250 - $1,000 for full-time students pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education or in a related field. We recognize that education is a significant investment, and offer awards to help offset associated costs for students. Selected recipients will be awarded funds directly for use toward books, laptops, fees or other education-related expenses.

Students must be enrolled in an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's Program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Please review the eligibility requirements below to verify you meet the credit prerequisite for this scholarship. Bright Horizons employees are not eligible for the Bright Futures Program. Current and past Bright Horizons interns are encouraged to apply.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored early care, education and work/life solutions. With centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Ireland, and India Bright Horizons is the partner of choice for hundreds of organizations, including more than 82 Fortune 500 firms. In addition, we have been chosen sixteen times by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Awards and Eligibility

Bright Horizons is pleased to offer Bright Futures Awards that will be presented to Early Childhood teachers pursuing their Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Awards will range from $250 - $1000. Recipients must be enrolling in an accredited United States college or university for the September 2016 academic year. Verification of enrollment will be required. We reserve the right to review other financial aid options finalists may be receiving. Awards over $600 will be sent directly to their college or university. Non-traditional students, individuals making a career change, people of color and students who have experienced overcoming obstacles to obtain access to higher education and a career in early childhood are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for an award, you must meet following requirements:
  • Full-time enrollment in an accredited degree program.
  • Demonstrated potential as a teacher of young children under the age of 6 and have a minimum of nine months of experience working with this age group.
  • A consistent display of excellence as a standard in their educational coursework, especially in classes related to education/child development. Candidates must demonstrate achievement in their field-based experiences working directly with young children and their families.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Minimum of 15 credits completed for Associate’s program, minimum 30 credits completed for Bachelor’s program or have already been accepted in to a Master’s program at the time of submitting their application.
  • Two recommendations (one professional and one academic). See Recommendations section below for more information.
  • Submit a written personal essay via our online application of at least 500 words but not to exceed 800 words that focuses on why you are passionate and committed to your education, including any obstacles you may have overcome to reach their goals to pursue their career in early childhood education.
  • For United States College and Universities only.
  • Individuals are only eligible for one award.
  • Current and past Bright Horizons interns are encouraged to apply.
  • Past Bright Future’s Scholarship award recipients are not eligible for future considerations.
  • The Bright Futures Scholarship program is not open to Bright Horizons employees.

Recommendations

Two recommendations are required to complete your application. One college faculty recommendation (specific to an area of study in child development and early learning), and one from a professional in the field who has observed the you working with children within the age ranges of birth through age eight are required. Note: If you are new to the field of ECE and you have less than the required minimum hours, a recommendation of someone who can comment on your skills in dealing with children is still required.

Recommendations with email
If you provided email addresses for your references in your online application, then the system will automatically send an e-mail to your reference to complete their recommendation online. You should follow up with your references to ensure they submit their recommendation by June 10, 2016.


Recommendations without email
If you did not provide emails, please provide this Recommendation Form to your references. The form provides guidelines for your reference and details how your reference can submit their letter of recommendation. Remember that you need to submit one college faculty recommendation (specific to an area of study in child development and early learning), and one from a professional in the field who has observed you working with children within the age ranges of birth through age 8 are required. Note: If you are new to the field of ECE and you have less than the required minimum hours, a recommendation of someone who can comment on your skills in working with children is still required. Your reference will need to write a personal letter of recommendation written specifically for this Bright Futures Scholarship program. The recommendation letter should be mailed, faxed or emailed and received by June 10, 2016.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Attn: Michelle Constantino
200 Talcott Avenue, South
Watertown, MA 02472
Fax: 617-673-8644
Email: brightfutures@brighthorizons.com

Instructions

Instructions for Starting the Application

  1. This application will take approximately 30-45 minutes to fill out.
  2. You will be able to save your work and come back to it by clicking 'Save and Finish Later'. You will be sent an e-mail with your login information to return to your application at your convenience.
  3. Below is the information you will need to complete the online application. Items with a star next to them are required before you can start this application and save it to finish at a later time. Deadline to receive all documents, including recommendations, is June 10, 2016.
    • Personal Information (Contact Information, Current School) *
    • Education
    • Honors, Awards and Achievements
    • Employment
    • Career Goals
    • Extra-Curricular Activities and/or Special Interests
    • Submit a written personal essay via our online application of at least 500 words but not to exceed 800 words that focuses on why you are passionate and committed to your education, including any obstacles you may have overcome to reach their goals to pursue their career in early childhood education.
    • Résumé documenting work history that includes all prior work experience outside of working/volunteering with children.
    • The name and contact information, including address, phone and email of two references for recommendations.
    * Required to begin your application
All correspondence regarding the scholarship program will be through email from brightfutures@brighthorizons.com. You may also use this email address for any questions about the scholarship program. Please make sure to add this email to your safe email list.