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AzAEYC Scholarship Fund

AzAEYC advocates for and promotes the well-being of all Arizona’s young children and families by improving the quality of early care and education for every child.

Providing high quality professional development opportunities and resources in the support of the early childhood professionals in Arizona as they build rewarding careers is key to our mission.

Through AzAEYC, the Rhian Evans Allvin and Joshua J. Allen Scholarship was created to acknowledge the outstanding service of early childhood professionals by recognizing leadership qualities and commitment to early childhood education and public policies that support the well being of young children.


The Rhian Evans Allvin and Joshua J. Allen Scholarship awards $1,000 to one student attending an accredited Arizona public university or college and majoring in early childhood education (or a closely related field) with an interest in quality early childhood, early childhood public policy, and advocacy efforts on behalf of young children and families.

This award can be used to further college education for undergraduate and graduate courses; participate in local/statewide ECE professional development; and/or attain ECE career goals including the purchase of NAEYC resources/books for professional growth; or for purchasing developmentally appropriate classroom materials.

A student may nominate themselves or may be nominated by their college faculty or a supervisor.

An individual may receive a scholarship from AzAEYC one time only.

Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently attend an accredited Arizona public college or university.
  • Be a resident of Arizona.
  • Be in good academic standing, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Plan to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours at an accredited Arizona public college/ university during the academic year. (Applicants may also pursue a First Things First College Scholarship or FAFSA financial support.)

About Rhian Evans Allvin

Before joining NAEYC as Executive Director in 2013, Rhian was a guiding force in Arizona’s early childhood movement for over 20 years. In 2006, she co-wrote the citizen’s ballot initiative that created First Things First (FTF). This initiative set aside Arizona’s tobacco tax monies for children birth to five, creating a state agency tasked with ensuring that all Arizona children start kindergarten prepared to be successful in school and in life.

About Joshua J. Allen

Josh has been affiliated with First Things First since its inception, including past service as a regional council member. He currently serves as FTF Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer.

As a member of the senior leadership team, Josh oversees all aspects of FTF operations, including grants management system, budgeting and financial controls, and information technology infrastructures. Josh has worked as a consultant supporting Arizona foundations and nonprofits and has spearheaded several projects focused specifically on children birth to five and the early care and education community across Arizona.

Scholarships are awarded each year at the AzAEYC Annual Membership Meeting.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities for Arizona Students

Many scholarships are available for eligible students seeking to advance a career in early childhood education. From the new student seeking an associate degree through graduate work, scholarships are available no matter where you are in your studies.

The Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network provides complete listings of the scholarship and incentive opportunities available in our state. Learn more.