Helios-Prescott College Now Offering Generous Education Scholarships to Native Americans

Prescott College Helios Partnership is offering generous scholarships for Native American and rural students from Arizona to complete teaching degrees in early childhood education while living in their home communities. Enrollment deadline for Summer is April 15th, and 25 scholarships are still available. The  program successfully enrolled its first cohort this past Fall.

The program is supported by a Helios Education Foundation grant of $608,000 over four years for Prescott College’s Early Childhood Teacher Education Programs in Arizona’s rural areas. The scholarship program, which debuted in 2010, has since been expanded to include both Native American students interested in a BA in Early Childhood Education as well as those interested in studying towards teacher certification. The scholarship program was expanded to allow ECE professionals in Head Start and other employment who are interested in the BA only to pursue that option.

Early Childhood Faculty member, Wendy Watson will be at the Tohono O’ Odham College Community Fair on Wednesday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer any questions that individuals may have about this extraordinary opportunity. Wendy can also be reached by E-mail.

About the Helios-Prescott College Program

The limited-residency program allows students to complete their degree or certification programs from their home communities, while working and maintaining a family life. Student scholarships are an integral part of the grant. Coupled with other financial aid, students in Arizona’s rural areas who are considering teacher certification and a college education beyond their financial reach will now have the opportunity to further their education.

“Improving the quality of early childhood education professionals is such a fundamental part of laying the foundation for future academic success for children ages birth to five,” said Paul Luna, Helios Education Foundation’s President and CEO. “We’re excited about our partnership with Prescott College because not only will it lead to an increase in certified early childhood educators, but this initiative will create opportunities for low-income students in rural Arizona to attain a bachelor’s degree.”

About Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. The Foundation’s community investments are made across three impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years (grades 5-12) and Postsecondary Education. Since inception in 2004, Helios Education Foundation has invested over $76 million into education-related programs and initiatives in both states. For more information, visit the Foundation online at www.helios.org.

About Prescott College

For more than forty years Prescott College has been serving the needs of Arizona by offering a teacher certification program. Teacher Education is Prescott College's most popular area of study. Each year, approximately 100 students obtain Arizona state certification through its state approved teacher education programs. The teacher education program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education.

In 2008, the College was the first school of higher education in Arizona to receive certification in Early Childhood Teacher Education from the Arizona Department of Education. The College also offers teaching degrees and certification in Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Special Education in mental retardation, learning disabled, or serious emotional disability. Degrees are offered through the College’s on-campus bachelor’s program, as well as low-residency bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programs.