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Patty Morgan Scholarship for Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education

New Scholarship Honors VT-HEC’s Longtime Director of Licensing Programs

In recognition and appreciation of all that Patty Morgan has contributed to the VT-HEC and education in Vermont, the VT-HEC Board of Directors voted on December 1 to establish the Patty Morgan Scholarship which will be awarded to an exceptional educator seeking to become licensed as an early childhood educator (ECE) or early childhood special educator (ECSE) or add the ECE or ECSE endorsement through the VT-HEC programs. The Patty Morgan Scholarship will cover the selected candidate’s VT-HEC tuition costs throughout the candidate’s program.

 Eligibility Requirements: 

The Patty Morgan Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who, in the opinion of the selection committee, convincingly demonstrates and documents:

  • A dedication to the success and well-being of young children of Vermont.
  • The potential to successfully complete the program and become a superior professional in the early childhood field.
  • A commitment to teaching in Vermont for a minimum of two years upon completion of the ECE or ECSE program.
  • A financial need in spite of documented efforts to seek funding from other sources (i.e., employer, VSAC, TEACH).


For the better part of VT-HEC’s existence Patty Morgan has been a constant through our growth, accomplishments and challenges. As the VT-HEC Program Director she spear-headed VT-HEC’s expansion into multiple licensing endorsement areas. Twenty years of graduates from these programs has had a dramatic impact on education in Vermont – hundreds of special educators, early childhood educators, health educators, etc., are working in our schools and communities as a result of the work of Patty and her team of talented coordinators and instructors.

Through the last few years Patty shepherded us through the process for state approval for both endorsement and initial licensing in special education, early childhood and early childhood special education – a significant effort and accomplishment. We are very proud to offer this scholarship in her name.

Applications for the Patty Morgan Scholarship are welcome from educators seeking an initial ECE or ECSE license, and from those seeking to add an ECE or ECSE endorsement to their current Vermont license. For more information:


Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

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