Winifred R. Reynolds Educational Scholarship

The Winifred R. Reynolds Education Scholarship supports students pursuing graduate degrees focused on early childhood education (ECE), Child Development, or an equivalent field with coursework focused specifically on ECE.


  • Be a current resident of Colorado or have been a resident of Colorado for at least 2 years before the start of the upcoming academic year.
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a master’s or doctorate level program in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Educational Psychology, or an equivalent program with coursework primarily focusing on early childhood education.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher for all graduate-level work that has been completed (students who are just starting their graduate work should have a strong undergraduate academic record).


Scholarships will be awarded once a year through a competitive process based on:

  • academics
  • extracurricular activities and leadership
  • commitment to the field/passion for the work
  • essay(s)
  • vision for the future

Award amounts vary and are based on the strength of the application.

Additional information

Scholarship grants can be used for tuition, fees, and/or required books. Applicants can be full-time or part-time students. Renewal is not automatic for this award, however, previous recipients are encouraged to re-apply for consideration. Awards must be used for the upcoming academic year. An individual can receive a scholarship from this fund for a maximum of three years.

How to apply 

  1. Read through the eligibility to confirm you are eligible to apply for the scholarship 
  2. Prepare and submit the following items: 
    1. Resume 
    2. Two essays 
      1. Where and how do you show leadership in your day-to-day life/activities? 
      2. What drew you to teaching/education? And what coursework are you pursuing to further your career? 
    3. One academic or professional reference
Winifred R. Reynolds

About the donor

Winifred R. Reynolds was born August 17, 1909, in Los Angeles and is the oldest of three children. She grew up in Ohio and spent all of her summers as a child with her grandparents in Colorado. After receiving her education she taught for many years in Colorado and moved from Fort Collins to San Luis Obispo in 1968 where she taught early child development with emphasis on infancy at the Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) campus. Winnie was instrumental in sending child development students into the existing local preschools for “hands-on training” as part of their curriculum. This was done under the supervision of the headteachers and observed by Winnie.

After her retirement from Cal Poly, Winnie kept busy by reading, going to plays and concerts. She died June 5, 2001, at her home and was buried in Denver, Colo.