Thomas J. Harwood, Jr. Scholarship Fund

The Thomas J. Harwood, Jr. Scholarship Fund ensures that all children and their families have equitable access to Early Childhood Education and Out of School Time programs.


2016-2017 by the Numbers

25 – Scholarships Awarded

$1,650 – Avg Scholarship

12 months – CCIS Waitlist

Thomas J. Harwood, Jr. served as the treasurer of the Board of the Director for over 35 years. During his tenure, Tom dedicated his time managing the scholarship fund and annual process. In June 2009, upon his passing, the Board of Directors dedicated the fund in his name in honor of his generous commitment of time, support and inspiration to our programs and families.

To be eligible, a family must be enrolled in a Wonderspring program and either qualify for state subsidy assistance but wait listed or experience an unexpected financial loss.

Click here to make your secure, online contribution.

If you’d like to learn more about the Thomas J. Harwood, Scholarship Fund or other ways you can give, contact Lisa Dugan, Director of Communications and Advancement.


THE IMPACT – a small donation goes a long way.

  • In November 2016, the scholarship committee approved $1,750 for a 7 month partial scholarship. The awarded family is a single mother needing care for her daughter outside of the school day. The mother is a full time employee of a local school district and needed this support so she can maintain her full time work schedule.
  • In January 2017, the scholarship committee approved $1,752 for a 24 week scholarship. The mother is a school counselor for a local school district and father is on disability. They were approved for subsidy but wait listed. The committee approved the application so that the mother could continue her full time job, the father could recover and get back to work and their young daughter could continue to attend our toddler program.
  • In April 2017, a family with three children experienced a devastating loss when they lost everything in a house fire. In addition to the Center Director spearheading efforts to collect donations from the program’s families and teachers, the scholarship fund supported the family with one month’s tuition of $2,531 providing a consistent place of care for the young toddler, preschooler and school age child.

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