Smart Start of Forsyth County provides education scholarships to qualified childcare providers and directors who are enrolled in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. Scholarships for tuition and books are paid directly to the college, for a minimum of 10 students attending an accredited postsecondary, not-for-profit institution in North Carolina. Participants paying tuition in advance may be reimbursed up to the lesser of 100% or $1,000 of tuition after the drop/add period. A GPA of 2.5 or better must be maintained for payments or reimbursements.
Scholarships are also available for students working in a licensed Early Childhood Program in Forsyth County at least 20 hours per week, with children between the ages of birth to Pre-K. The Childcare Program and students are required to be in good standing, per the NC Division of Child Development guidelines, at the time the scholarship application is approved. Scholarships are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters; and if funds are available the Summer sessions.
SSFC Educator Scholarships will not be available to students receiving other State and/or Federally funded scholarships. The Pell Grant is the only scholarship exception allowed in addition to the SSFC Scholarship Program.
Prior to applying, all applicants are required to complete and submit an application for the TEACH Early Childhood Education Working Scholars Scholarship. In the event they are deemed ineligible or placed on a waiting list for the TEACH scholarship, they may then apply for the SSFC education scholarship.