Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to commonly-asked questions about the Broward Professional Development Scholarships.

What does "reimburse" mean?

What does "pre-paid" mean?

What is "SPAM"?

How can I reach the Broward scholarship program for questions or technical issues?

After I finish the 120 CDA course what is the next step?

Why should I submit my application online instead of by FAX or mail?

If I decide to forfeit or cancel my scholarship who do I have to contact?

Can my NCDA scholarship be transferred if I decide to attend a different institution or during a different semester?

Once I submit my online application, do I have to submit any required documentation?

Once I submit my College credit or In-service application, do I have to submit proof of payment and grade?

If I do not submit the required documentation, will I get approved?

How do I know if my application has been approved?

Can I receive the status of my application over the phone?

If I call the Scholarship Team, what kind of information can I expect to receive?

The college class or clock-hour training I want to take does not start until after July 1 or I’ve reached the yearly limit on college credit or clock hours. When should I apply?

What if my pre-pay CDA classes start in January and do not finish until September, or my pre-pay CDA classes are in one year and my CDA observation & application fee are in the next?

What if my college classes start before the July 1st deadline but end after it? For example, I start classes in April 2010 and the class ends in August 2010.

What does "reimburse" mean?
The scholarship will pay you back for qualified classes that you can prove you paid for, up to defined limits, within the current fiscal year, and subject to available scholarship funding at the time of approval.
What does "pre-paid" mean?
The scholarship program will pay the school directly for services or classes that you require on your way to obtaining your NCDA certification.
What is "SPAM"?

SPAM, "junk", or advertising email is often blocked by your email service. Email services such as Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, and AOL all have a SPAM folder that contain these messages.

Sometimes messages that are not SPAM are accidentally placed in this folder. Please look in your SPAM folder if you do not receive our confirmation email. The subject line will be "Confirm your Broward scholarship account".

How can I reach the Broward scholarship program for questions or technical issues?
Please email all questions or technical issues to browardscholarship@thechildrensforum.com. This is the program’s main source of communication. Please allow 1 to 2 working days for the scholarship team to respond.
After I finish the 120 CDA course what is the next step?
Check with your school first, but then please visit the council for professional recognition website at http://www.cdacouncil.org/ or call 1-800-424-4310 to find out the next step.
Why should I submit my application online instead of by FAX or mail?
The scholarship team encourages online applications over faxed or mailed applications. Faxed and mailed applications will be processed last.
If I decide to forfeit or cancel my scholarship who do I have to contact?
Please email the scholarship team at browardscholarship@thechildrensforum.com to cancel your scholarship. Make sure the school is notified as well so that you will not be charged.
Can my NCDA scholarship be transferred if I decide to attend a different institution or during a different semester?
Please email the scholarship team at browardscholarship@thechildrensforum.com. The scholarship team will review your particular situation and will answer by email within 3 weeks.
Once I submit my online application, do I have to submit any required documentation?
Yes. Please remember that for all scholarships, we require that you submit:
  • Scholarship Contract Agreement
  • Employer Verification Form to be completed by your center director
  • Copies of 2 most recent pay stubs (must be different pay periods!)
Once I submit my College credit or In-service application, do I have to submit proof of payment and grade?
Yes, college credit and in-service scholarships are reimbursement only. You need to submit a proof of payment (receipt from university, credit card statement, etc.). You are also required to submit a grade sheet or a transcript proving that you passed the course.
If I do not submit the required documentation, will I get approved?
No. Once we receive your application you will receive an email explaining which documents we require from you to complete your application. Your application will not be processed without the required documentation.
How do I know if my application has been approved?
The application process takes about 3 weeks. Once we have received all required documentation we will notify you of approval or denial through email. Please check your email periodically as this is our main source of communication.
Can I receive the status of my application over the phone?
No, the scholarship team cannot issue application status information over the phone due to security concerns. It is important that a valid email address is listed so that we can send you an official email about your application status.
If I call the Scholarship Team, what kind of information can I expect to receive?
The scholarship team can only provide general information. Information about application status, personal, employment, and educational information cannot be provided over the phone due to security concerns.
The college class or clock-hour training I want to take does not start until after July 1 or I’ve reached the yearly limit on college credit or clock hours. When should I apply?
Always apply as soon as possible. Scholarship dollars are reserved based primarily on the order we receive applications. There are other considerations, but scholarships are basically first-come, first-served. The sooner we receive your application, even for a class in the next fiscal year, the more likely your scholarship can be funded.
What if my pre-pay CDA classes start in January and do not finish until September, or my pre-pay CDA classes are in one year and my CDA observation & application fee are in the next?
Most pre-pay CDA scholarships will cross a July 1 fiscal year boundary; it is expected that some scholarship dollars will be spent in the following year. When your pre-pay CDA scholarship application is approved, the full value of the scholarship is reserved for you. You will not need to re-apply even if your expenses cross over July 1 into the next year.
What if my college classes start before the July 1st deadline but end after it? For example, I start classes in April 2010 and the class ends in August 2010.
Courses that start in one year and finish in another count against the limit for the year the scholarship dollars are spent. All college credit scholarships are reimbursement only, and you can’t apply for reimbursement until you have successfully completed the class. So in the example above, the scholarship dollars will be spent after the class completes in August 2010, and the class will count against the limit of the year beginning July 1, 2010.
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