Lucerito scholarships are intended for children of families with financial need. As part of the application process, each family must prove eligibility for financial assistance from an outside agency such as Child Care Services or the Department of Social Services. Please provide a contract with an agency for tuition assistance or an original letter on agency letterhead declaring eligibility.
The Scholarship Committee will consider tuition assistance if:
- parents have proof of eligibility for tuition assistance from an outside agency such as Child Care Services Association or the Department of Social Services.
- the assistance from Mi Escuelita does not violate the policies of the outside agency/ies.
- the parent fee as set by the outside agency is more than $75 per month.
An application for a child can be submitted each year. More than one child from a family can receive a Lucerito scholarship simultaneously. Each request will be handled separately and independently of others.
The Scholarship Committee will consider reducing the parent fee as set by the outside agency by up to 25%, but to an amount no lower than $75 per month. The maximum scholarship amount that can be awarded for a child each month is $200. Scholarship awards are dependent on funds available.
If a family is eligible for outside agency assistance but funds are unavailable (i.e. they are put on a waiting list), the Scholarship Committee will consider tuition assistance up to 25% of the total monthly tuition. The maximum scholarship amount that can be awarded for a child each month is $200.
Examples of Scholarship Awards
Example 1: A family is eligible for tuition assistance from Child Care Services, but the agency currently has no funds available and the family is put on the waiting list. Tuition for the child is $960 per month. A Lucerito scholarship could reduce this tuition by $200 to $760 a month.
Example 2: Based on a monthly tuition of $780, Child Care Services reduces the tuition to $600 by paying $320, and setting the parent fee for monthly tuition at $280. A Lucerito scholarship could then further reduce the parent fee by 25% of $280, or $70, to $210 a month.
Example 3: Child Care Services sets the parent fee at $95. A Lucerito scholarship could then further reduce the parent fee by $20 ($95-$75), to $75 a month.
Periodic Review of Scholarship
The Scholarship Committee will review tuition assistance each time the outside agency reviews the child’s scholarship, or at least once every six months. Lucerito scholarships will also be subject to review when there are changes to the family’s income. Parents receiving assistance must report in a timely manner any changes to the family’s financial status and/or changes in assistance status (i.e., families on waiting lists at a funding agency must notify Mi Escuelita once funding begins). The Scholarship Committee will send a quarterly reminder letter asking for notification of any such changes.