These are early childhood education-related funding opportunities open to early childhood education majors with varying eligibility requirements. These opportunities are separate from funding available through COE scholarships & stipends.

Hawaiʻi Early Childhood Educator Stipend Program

Tuition Stipend Program for Birth through PreK early childhood educators for students enrolled in generalist ECE programs within the UH system.


  1. Enrolled in ECE courses and/or ECE generalist degree program at any of the UH system schools (UHM, UHWO, UHHilo Hawaiian Immersion, HawaiiCC, UH Maui College, HonoluluCC, Kauai CC)
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C grade average) or better in coursework.
  3. Work in an ECE program serving children within the 0-5 year old range for two years after matriculation, or may need to pay back stipend.

For more information, visit the EOEL website.

Stipend Application open now


  • Summer tuition – apply by April 15
  • Fall tuition – apply by July 15
  • Spring tuition – apply by December 1

NOTE: Any stipend received for tuition and fees will be considered as part of your financial aid eligibility. Any outside funding a student receives that pays for any portion of the student’s cost of attendance must be considered when determining eligibility for financial aid. This stipend is considered “outside funding.”

Henry and Dorothy Castle Memorial ECE Scholarship for Undergraduate Students & Mary Tenney Castle Graduate Fellowships

For COE students in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs who are teaching or intend to teach in Hawai‘i ECE programs upon graduation.

The Samuel and Mary Castle Foundation is funding $118,500 in scholarships for early childhood education students on 7 University of Hawai‘i Campuses for 2024-2025. For COE students in generalist Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs who are teaching or intend to each in Hawai‘i ECE programs upon graduation.

Scholarship Information and Application

Application Opens: February 1, 2024


  • Fall 2024-Summer 2025 Term: May 1, 2024*

*Additional applications accepted if funds are available.

For more information email:

Curriculum Studies Giving Tree Scholarship & Early Childhood Education Giving Tree Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships available to Master’s in ECE students. Graduate ECE students of UHM COE can apply for up to two Giving Tree Scholarsips: (1) Curriculum Studies Giving Tree scholarship; and (2) Early Childhood Education Giving Tree Scholarship. Notification about how and when to apply will be sent out to graduate ECE students once the application becomes available.

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Various scholarships available. HCF distributes over $7 million annually to deserving students, making it the third largest private provider of post-secondary scholarship in the state. HCF uses a common application for multiple scholarships. The following is a list of HCF ECE-related scholarships. Copy and paste scholarship titles into the HCF database search to find additional details on each scholarship. You may also be eligible for other HCF scholarships based on other criteria (see the suggested HCF scholarships under “General” and “Teaching” funds). We also recommend using keywords to search the database as this list may not be exhaustive.

Nick Van Pernis Scholarship Fund
The scholarship is for students from the west side of the island of Hawai’i studying Marine Science, Biotechnology, Health Sciences or Early Childhood Education.

Pauahi Foundation (KSBE) Scholarships

All applicants must submit 1) three personal statement essays, 2) transcripts, 3) for KSBE high school students only: a letter of recommendation. Individual scholarship funds may require the applicant to meet other conditions. The following is a list of education-related scholarships offered through the foundation. Copy and paste all or part of the scholarship titles into the Pauahi Foundation scholarships listing search to find additional details on each scholarship. We also recommend using keywords to search the scholarships listing as this list may not be exhaustive.

Myron & Laura Thompson Scholarship
Pursuing a degree in early childhood education; demonstrate an interest in working with Hawaiian children in Hawaiʻi

Allen A. Bailey Scholarship
Graduate student; major in preschool education

PATCH Tuition Reimbursement Scholarships

Reimbursement scholarship that will cover tuition fees for approved ECE coursework and/or ECE membership fees that are required to obtain ECE credentials (e.g., CDA direct assessment or renewal fees). Priority is given to those currently employed in a DHS licensed Child Care Facility or operating a registered family child care home. Applicants must live in Hawaii.

Reimbursement can be up to $750 each, three times a year, $2250 max per year. The deadlines to apply for each round every year are: January 15, May 31, August 31. Limited funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Apply soon after transcripts are received from ECE courses recently completed

PATCH Scholarship

Visit the PATCH website to download the application and for more instructions on how to apply.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you are employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program website to see if your employer qualifies.

Many ECE programs serving children ages 0-5 years old are part of non-for-profit organizations.