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 32 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. 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 for are offered during the fall and spring, and if funds are available, summer sessions. SSFC educator scholarships will not be available to students receiving other State and/or federally funded scholarships, with the exception of the Pell Grant.
Prior to applying, all applicants are required to complete and submit an application for the TEACH Early Childhood ECE Working Scholars Scholarship; In the event they are denied or placed on a waiting list for the TEACH scholarship, they may then apply for the SSFC education scholarship.