Bright Futures Scholarship

2018 National Program for Aspiring ECE Teachers

Our Bright Futures 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 encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of caring for and teaching young children.

We are excited to offer financial assistance up to $1000 for students in the early childhood field, focusing on the education of children ages 6 and under. Higher education requires a significant investment and these awards help to offset student expenses. Selected recipients will be awarded funds directly for use toward purchasing books, laptops, fees or other education-related expenses.

High school, 2 and 4 year college/university, and graduate students enrolled in accredited colleges or universities in the United States are eligible. Please review the eligibility requirements below before starting your application. Bright Horizons employees are not eligible for the Bright Futures Scholarship. Current and past Bright Horizons interns are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1986, Bright Horizons Family Solutions is a leading provider of high-quality child care, early education, back-up dependent care and educational advisory services that help employers and families better address the challenges of work and family life. With centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, Bright Horizons is the partner of choice for hundreds of organizations, including 150 Fortune 500 companies.

Awards and Eligibility

Bright Horizons is pleased to offer Bright Futures awards that will be presented to high school and college students pursuing degrees in the early childhood or related fields. Scholarships will be awarded up to $1000. We reserve the right to review other financial aid options finalists may be receiving. Awards over $600 will be sent directly to the college or university. Non-traditional students, individuals making a career change, people of color, and students who have overcome obstacles to obtain access to higher education and a career in early childhood are encouraged to apply.

Students must meet the following requirement to be eligible for an award:
  • Either:
    • Enroll part-time or full-time in an accredited college or university in the United States for the September 2018 academic year, or
    • Enroll full-time in a high school in the United States for the September 2018 academic year AND have completed at least one early childhood class
    • Verification of enrollment will be required.
  • Demonstrate potential as a teacher of young children under the age of 6 and have a minimum of nine (9) months of experience working with this age group.
  • A consistent display of excellence in educational coursework, particularly in classes related to education/child development as evidenced by a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • One recommendation from a high school or college instructor/advisor on the approved form is required. Two recommendations are preferred. See Recommendations’ section for more information.
  • Submit a written essay via our online application of at least 1000 to 1600 characters (500-800 words) focusing on why you are passionate and committed to your education. Include any obstacles you may have overcome to reach your goal of pursuing a career in early education.
  • Individuals are only eligible for one award.
  • Current and past Bright Horizons interns are encouraged to apply.
  • Past Bright Futures Scholarship award recipients are not eligible for future considerations.
  • The Bright Futures Scholarship program is not open to current Bright Horizons employees.

Recommendations

One recommendation is required to complete your application and must be from a high school or college instructor or advisor in the early education field. A second recommendation from an instructor, advisor, or someone who has observed your work with young children aged birth to age 6 in a paid or unpaid (i.e., internship) position is desirable.

Recommendations must be completed on the Bright Futures Recommendation Form. Upon submitting your application, your references will be emailed to complete the form online. You should follow-up with your references to ensure that they submit their recommendations by June 8, 2018.

Instructions

Instructions for Starting the Application

  1. This application will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.
  2. You will be able to save your work and return 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. The deadline to receive all documents, including recommendations, is June 8, 2018.
  4. Below is the information you will need to complete the online application. Items with a * are required before you can save the application to complete at a later time.
    • Personal Information (Contact Information, Current School)*
    • Education
    • Honors, Awards, and Achievements
    • Employment
    • Career Goals
    • Extra-Curricular Activities and/or Special Interests
    • Submit a written essay via our online application of at least 500 words, but not to exceed 800 words focusing on why you are passionate and committed to your education. Include any obstacles you may have overcome to reach your goal of pursuing a career in early education.
    • The name and contact information, including address, phone, and email of two references for recommendations.
All correspondence regarding the Bright Futures Scholarship program will be through email from brightfutures@brighthorizons.com. You may also use this email for any questions about the program. Please be sure to add this email address to your safe email list.