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Bobette Thompson Legacy

Commission Scholarship Application

Bobette Thompson Legacy

Commission Scholarship Application

The Presidents’ Legacy Commission was formed by past Board Presidents of the Association with the purpose of “giving back” and supporting the mission and legacy of AELL and all it represents. As an extension of that effort, we are making available a limited number of scholarship awards for use at 41st Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead. It is truly our joy to support the ongoing professional development of early learning leaders like you!

Please review the eligibility requirements and guidelines and submit completed application below along with requested supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Dates and Location

The 41st Annual National Conference will be held April 24-26, 2025 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. 


  • Candidate must be a current member in good standing with AELL.
  • Candidate must be actively working in the field of early education.
  • Candidate must submit all required documents in a timely and complete manner.


  • Completed scholarship application
  • Updated resume
  • Letter on company letterhead from your current employer stating why you are deserving of this scholarship
  • Typewritten, double-spaced 200-word essay addressing the following questions:
    • Why have you chosen a career in Early Education?
    • What are your career goals?
    • What impact would this scholarship have on your education and career goals?


Applications should be completed by filling out the form below and must be received no later than December 31, 2024, for consideration for the 2025 conference awards. Award notifications will be made on or before February 15, 2025.

The Association for Early Learning Leaders is committed to excellence in the field of early childhood care and education by promoting leadership development and enhancing program quality.

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