Maine Roads Scholarship Program
The Maine Roads Scholarship Program awards money to help pay the costs of earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or a college degree at any level from Associate to Master's.
To be eligible for a scholarship, all applicants must:
- Be a Maine resident.
- Work in Maine in a licensed or certified child care and early education program. Your current worksite must be enrolled with Quality for ME.
- Plan to use their degree/credential to pursue a career in one of the programs described above.
- Have a total family income that does not exceede 300% poverty level as defined by Federal Income Guidelines.
- Be accepted and enrolled into a one-year certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree program at an accredited Maine college, or be pursuing a CDA, 081 Early Childhood Teacher Certification or 282 Teacher of Children with Disabilities Certification.
- If enrolled in college half time or more (2 courses/6 credit hours in any semester during the academic year), apply for Financial Aid through FAFSA.
- Be a member of the Maine Roads to Quality Registry.
Scholarships can be used to pay for:
CDA Coursework through an agency or college – Maine Roads supports enrollment in CDA programs sponsored by Maine agencies or institutions offering credit bearing coursework leading to a CDA. Maine Roads does not support the cost of non-credit or out-of-state programs.
CDA Assessment Fee – Eligible scholarship applicants can receive the $425 Assessment Fee once they have met all of the CDA requirements and are ready to apply to the Council of Professional Recognition for their Verification visit. Maine Roads does not cover the cost of the CDA Direct Assessment application packet.
College coursework as part of a degree program or certification – Students must be formally accepted into a credit bearing early childhood education program in the state of Maine. Eligible courses of study are available at many Maine colleges and universities. Examples of eligible degree programs include: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Child Development, Recreation and Leisure Services with a Special Needs Focus, Social Work with an emphasis on Early Childhood and Child Care Leadership and Administration. Students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree may receive scholarship funds for courses taken toward the 081 or 282 DOE endorsements.
Scholarships can be used to help pay the cost of tuition, books and fees for courses taken during the academic year, and/or the CDA Assessment Fee. Please see the application cover sheet for detailed information about award amounts. The total cost of attending the program may not be fully covered by Maine Roads funds. Students should contact the school/program in which they want to enroll to discuss the costs of attending and the types of financial assistance or payment plans available.
Scholarship funding is limited, so applicants should mail or fax completed applications and required documentation to Maine Roads as soon as possible. Application deadlines are July 1st for fall enrollment and November 1st for spring. Selection and level of financial awards are determined by completeness of the application, income eligibility, work experience, goal statements, course enrollment and any special circumstances regarding an applicant’s need for financial assistance. The money awarded is the total award for the academic year. Applicants are notified by mail of their scholarship status and an eligibility letter is sent to their worksite agency or college. Payment of scholarship funds will be arranged with the agency or college business office. Maine Roads does not reimburse recipients directly.
Pam Soucy, Project Assistant
Phone: (207) 626-5258