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The Pat Kennedy Memorial Scholarship
The mission of Nana’s House Child Care Center, Inc. is to offer high quality child-care with focuses on an early childhood educational curriculum, child development fun and creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. The philosophy of our child care center largely influences the types of activities, the curriculum and the kind of care that will be present in the center. Therefore, it is imperative that the community become familiar with the philosophy behind the operation of our center in order to better understand the focus of the program.

To fulfill this mission we want to ensure that economically challenged families will have access to quality early childhood education curriculums. We have developed The Pat Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

The fund is dedicated to helping individuals in financial need through a scholarship program for residents of Sullivan County, who are seeking an early childhood education curriculum program. 

Our goal is to help qualified individuals within our community achieve their child’s early education goals, an objective which has the added benefit of bettering the community at large. In short, our wish is to insure that no deserving scholar in our community will be deprived of early childhood education because of a shortage of funds, and towards that end we intend to assist as many qualified students that the resources of the fund will permit. 

About Pat Kennedy

Patricia Anne Kennedy of New Windsor, was the director of the Sullivan County Child Care Council from 1992-1994. A graduate of Catholic Central High School, she obtained a bachelor's degree from Cameron College in Lawton, Okla., gained her teaching certification at SUNY New Paltz and earned a master's in public administration from Pace University. She taught in the Newburgh school system.

Ms. Kennedy was a volunteer for the Girls Scouts, Junior League, United Way and YWCA. She was a director of volunteer services at the Helen Hayes Hospital in Haverstraw where she pioneered the day care center there. She was also a children's center coordinator for the New York State court system.

Ms. Kennedy was passionate about making quality, affordable child care available to all children. She instituted many new and innovative programs at the Sullivan County Child Care Council. She advocated for affordable child care in both Albany and Washington, D.C. She was a fighter, a teacher, a mentor and a friend.  


Nana's House Child Care Center, Inc. Scholarships
Nana's House Dance Company Scholarship!
This scholarship was made possible by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. We would like to thank Elizabeth Rowely, President and CEO of the foundation and the members of their Board of Directors. Additionally, we would like to thank our own Board of Directors for their hard work and vision in making this important cause possible. 

In 2015 a grant of $1,500 for the Nana’s House Dance Company that introduces fun music based physical activity to children to improve their general wellness was awarded to us! This grant helps to introduce dance to children.

These funds were apart of The Make a Difference Fund which was established by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan to provide grants to local organizations that provide services and programs to children of low-income, disadvantaged or distressed families.

This scholarship is to provide free dance classes to the youth residing in Sullivan County! Two scholarships have already been awarded we are looking to award a couple of more.

Applicant Selection Process

Candidates for our Scholarships can apply for financial awards by completing an extensive application and review process. The Scholarship Fund advertises the availability of awards through a variety of media.  

The application form becomes available on our website on January 1st each year. The deadline for completion is February 1st of the same year. Once completed, the applications are processed and delivered to the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Our scholarships have an outstanding group of community volunteers who sit on the Selection Committee which reviews all applications. The Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of professionals; including educators, businessmen and women, and individuals who are considered experts in certain areas. All share a passion for helping others.

Children’s families who are selected to interview are contacted via email, phone and regular mail to schedule an interview meeting. Additionally, during this process a team gathers necessary information such as family tax returns that are used to substantiate information provided on the candidate’s application. From here a Financial Need Analysis is performed. Once all information is obtained, all decisions are based on need and who best meets the established criteria.

Criteria

Applicants cannot receive financial assistance from any federal, state, local, or city government agency. 
Applicants combined total annual household income level must not exceed $40,000.
Applicants must complete the entire application. Applications that are not completed will not be considered. 
Applicants must provide proof of residency. 
    oApplicants must reside in Sullivan County, New York 100% of the calendar year.
Applicants must provide their most recent tax return information. The financial need of the child's family will be evaluated and documented through information provided on the application and by submission of a photocopy of the most recently filed Federal tax return (Internal Revenue Service 1040, 1040-A, or 1040-EZ).
Applicants must provide their two (2) most recent paystubs.
Applicants must provide two (2) reference letters that support their application. 
    oReference letters cannot be obtained from persons residing in the same address of the scholarship seeker. 
    oReference letters must have correct contact information via telephone or email address.
Applicants understand that The Pat Kennedy Memorial Fund provides scholarships for the maximum of a one year period (12 months) only.  
Applicants who are not approved by the committee must wait a period of (12) twelve months before re-applying.
In order to apply for your child, the child must live with the primary applicant 51% or more of the time and be listed as a dependent on their most recently filed IRS 1040. 
    oIf your child is not listed on your most recently filed IRS 1040, then we need a copy of both your most recently filed IRS 1040 and the most recently filed IRS 1040 on which the child is listed as a dependent.
The Scholarship fund may also request additional information from you after the application is submitted.
The Scholarship fund will accept the maximum of one (1) application per household. 

Upon Approval

Applicants that are approved must complete and sign all registration paperwork.
Applicants that are approved must provide proper medical documentation for their child. 
Applicants that are approved agree to actively participate in two (2) fundraising events of their choosing during the award year.
Applicants that are approved are subject to the terms and conditions of the Nana’s House Child Care Center, Inc. finance contract obligations.
Applicants that are approved are subject to the terms and conditions of the Nana’s House Child Care Center, Inc. policies and procedures.
Nana’s House Child Care Center, Inc. reserves the right to suspend, amend, or terminate the fund at its sole discretion prior without notice. 
We wish all applicants the best of luck in this process