Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program

The following is the procedure candidates must follow to register for the hybrid Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) Program.

Admission Requirements

  • Attend mandatory information session with vocational coordinator prior to the courses. Call Jessica Richardson at 407.708.2413 for information.
  • Submit a completed Seminole State College application online
  • Complete the Steps to Enroll.
  • Complete Residency requirements - Florida State ID & Permanent Employment (30 hours) – (see website for more information) http://www.seminolestate.edu/registrar/residencyinfo
    • Submit proof of age (you must be at least 18 years old).
  • Provide Official Transcript(s) indicating successful completion of standard high school or equivalent.

    Through a generous donation from Wayne M. Densch Charities, Inc., this formal scholarship program is available to qualifying incoming first-time, first-generation freshmen each Fall Term. The program provides funding and comprehensive support services, including:

        • Academic advisement
        • Financial aid assistance
        • Social activities and workshops
        • Peer mentoring


    Students in the Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program:

        • Receive $1,000 per term (Fall and Spring terms) renewable for two years at Seminole State
        • Form a cohort and share a common course College Success (SLS 1101)
        • Are assigned to an advisor to assist through every step of the process, including academic advising and financial aid assistance
        • Receive priority registration each term
        • Participate in social activities, workshops and service opportunities


    To be eligible for the Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program, you must:

        • Be a first-time-in-college student enrolling for the Fall Term
        • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has completed a four-year degree)
        • Show financial need (Pell Grant eligible as determined by FAFSA)
        • Have a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher (cumulative)
        • Be willing to enroll in a cohort common course College Success (SLS 1101) during the first term
        • Be willing to attend required workshops and enrichment activities and serve as a peer facilitator during your second year

    How to Apply

    To apply for the Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program, follow these steps:

    Application Deadlines
    Priority Deadline: March 1
    Official Deadline: June 1

        1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State.
        2. Complete the FAFSA. Seminole State’s school code is 001520.
        3. Mail or submit in person (to our office in L-006) a completed scholarship application. The following documents must be attached to your scholarship application:
          1. A 250-word essay
          2. Student Aid Report (SAR) through the FAFSA website (log-in required)
          3. One reference letter
          4. A copy of your high school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

    Scholarship applications with missing documents will not be considered.

    Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

    Students in this scholarship program will receive support services from the First Generation Freshmen office for the full duration of their time at Seminole State.

    Scholarship Renewal Requirements

    Scholarship recipients will be granted up to one additional one-year scholarship toward their degree provided the student meets the following criteria:

      • Maintain a College GPA of 2.0 or higher
      • Complete 100 percent of all courses attempted
      • Attend required workshops and enrichment activities
      • Attend and participate in advising meetings with your advisor and peer facilitator mentor each term
    • Official - Sealed in an envelope from the school

Students Must:

  • Provide documentation of successful completion of 40-Hour Introductory Childcare Training Certification with 10-Hour DAP in Preschool; Complete a 5-Hour DCF Emergent Literacy course required by (DCF) Department of Children & Family. Go to https://training01-dcf.myflorida.com/studentsite/admin/login.jsf and print out your transcript.
  • Be employed in a licensed childcare setting working with children 3-5 years old (volunteering is not accepted).
  • Bring proof of working at a childcare center by submitting one of the following:
    • A letter from the director, on letterhead, stating the date you started and the hours you work, or
    • Your three most current pay stubs
  • Students must complete the following requirements before an Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) is awarded:
    • Complete 480 hours of documented work experience with children age 5 years or younger in a licensed childcare setting by the end of the course.
    • Successfully pass the ECPC course with a passing grade of "C" or higher.
    • Department approval – Fill out registration form at information session.

*The ECPC is awarded by the Department of Education. The candidate will still be eligible to receive a National CDA if he or she wishes to apply to the National CDA Council.


  • This program is not offered in Summer Semesters
  • ECPC (State of Florida Staff Credential) must be renewed every five years.

Want more info? Contact us.

First Generation Freshmen Office

Sanford/Lake Mary Offices: L-006 and L-010

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