H-SANTA MARIA

Jan 8, 2013 7:12 PM by Farrah Shuaib

Brandman University offering early childhood education scholarships

Brandman University in Santa Maria is offering scholarships to thirty students who want to become early childhood educators.

Classes began Monday for the Spring 2013 semester. The scholarships will cover half of the students' tuitions.

This scholarship is the largest Brandman has given in its history.

"We've created a cohort for our early childhood education undergraduate program," said Patricia Graham, the Campus Director of Brandman University.

Graham said the university recognizes careers in child development do not often make a high enough income to pay off college loans.

"We took a look at what some of the needs are in our local community were, and early childhood education is really a growing field," said Graham, "especially with the state mandate that all childhood educators need to have an undergraduate degree."

About 30 students have already taken up the university's offer, but there are still slots open for others to take advantage of the scholarship. If you're interested, you can click on this link to their website to get more information.

"If anyone is thinking 2013 is the year for them, it's not too late to get started."
Graham said.

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