Each year OKAEYC recognizes individuals and early childhood programs that have made a significant difference in the lives of children ages birth through third grade in the state of Oklahoma through our annual Service Awards. The awards are divided into four categories to acknowledge all spheres of influence in early care and education; the award categories can be reviewed here. Potential recipients are nominated by others, and winners are selected by the OKAEYC awards committee. Winners in all categories are recognized at the Annual Conference in the fall.

Anne Mills/ Girdie Ware/ Ramona Paul Memorial Award

This award honors two individuals who have worked with young children a minimum of four years and are currently employed in early care and education in Oklahoma.  This award is intended to encourage the professionalism of people working directly with young children by providing an OKAEYC conference registration as well as a one-year membership.


This award also honors students enrolled full-time (12 hours) in an Oklahoma institution of higher education and majoring in early childhood education or family and child development.  The student must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level student.  No more than three scholarships will be awarded each year. Students apply for this award for themselves.

Nomination Form Question for this award: What do you consider to be the most rewarding or significant contribution that this person has made with young children.

Recipient Receives:   funding for conference registration for the annual conference.


OKAEYC is proud to support NAEYC Accreditation and has developed a scholarship to assist with the fees associated with accreditation.

Accreditation Scholarship Guidelines

OKAEYC accreditation scholarship Application

Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children Scholarship
Opportunity to Apply for Educational Scholarship   Deadline June 10, 2020

  • Students seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees in the fields of early childhood education or child development/family studies.
  • Must be employed in early childhood care/family services settings (to include family child care homes).
  • Preference for individuals with five or more years work experience in the field of early care and education.
  • Funds may be used at public and private non- profit institutions in the state of Oklahoma not to include career technology centers. Award goes towards tuition, fees and book expenses. Payments are made directly to the school.

You can receive detailed instructions about the online application process by going to the scholarship page on the Oklahoma City Community Foundation website at