The Department of Higher Education and the Department of Early Education and Care are pleased to announce that the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship application for the 2010-2011 academic year is now available at The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Educators who have received the scholarship in the past must complete the new online application for the 2010-2011 academic year if they plan to continue in an eligible degree program. The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship is awarded on a first come, first served basis. All required application forms must be submitted by the June 1, 2010 priority deadline to be considered. Applications received after the June 1, 2010 priority date will be considered based on the availability of funds. For more information please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions posted on the application website or contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-727-9420.