Bright Futures


Bright Futures Scholarship

A National Program for Aspiring ECE Teachers

The Bright Futures Scholarship Program supports the field of early childhood education by offering scholarships for future teachers. At Bright Horizons®, it is our hope that these awards enable students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of caring for, teaching, and inspiring young children.

We are excited to award scholarships to students from across the country in the early childhood field or who are focusing on the education of children ages six and under. Higher education requires a significant investment and our hope is that these awards will 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 seniors, two and four 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. While 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 is a leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, back-up dependent care, and academic coaching. Across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, and India, we operate a network of more than 1000 centers and schools. We have been repeatedly named as one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and are honored to be the only child care company to ever make the list.

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. In 2020, we will award 30 scholarships each ranging between $250 and $500. We reserve the right to review other financial aid options finalists may be receiving. 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 criteria by the deadline to be eligible for an award:

  • Be enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited college or university in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic year OR
  • Be enrolled as a full-time senior in an accredited high school in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic year AND have completed at least one early childhood class.
  • Demonstrate potential as a teacher of young children under the age of six. A minimum of nine (9) months of experience working with this age group is preferred.
  • Display a consistent level of excellence in educational coursework, particularly in classes related to education/child development as evidenced by a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Receive one (1) recommendation from a high school teacher/counselor or college professor/advisor on the approved form.
  • Complete the online application form which includes a written essay of 300 to 500 words focusing on the student’s passion and commitment to their education.

Please note the following:

  • Individuals are only eligible to receive 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.


Begin your 2020 Bright Futures Scholarship Application