[Parentsgroup-list] Doctoral Student Scholarship

Michelle Forman mlf534 at mail.harvard.edu
Fri Jan 23 15:14:49 EST 2009


are there currently grants going out to Cambridge doctoral students? i'm
very confused. i thought the program giving grants was a 3 year pilot that
will likely be discontinued. thanks!

On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM, Jennifer Roloff Welch
<roloffje at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello to all and to Susannah,
> Does anyone think there would be a possibility of Harvard giving small
> grants to doctoral students registered in absentia for childcare related
> expenses? Just a thought, as I live in IL and have never been able to take
> advantage of the childcare scholarships in Cambridge.
> Thank you,
> Jenni
>
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 3:24 PM, <rose at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>
>> Harvard Grad Parents:
>>
>> I am very, very glad that Debrah brought this issue up to the group and =
to
>> my
>> attention. In the past, I have worked with GSC, HGWISE and the
>> administration
>> to help improve issues related to grad parents.
>>
>> I trying to find out whether or not the childcare scholarships will be
>> available
>> again this year to qualified grad parents. I do not have any answers yet,
>> but I
>> hope to get updates next week.
>>
>> Is there anyone, other than Debrah, who is the same situation? -- Having
>> to sign
>> a Harvard daycare contract before knowing whether or not you are going to
>> receive a childcare scholarship this year? If so, please let me know.
>>
>> Best,
>> Susannah Rose
>> Chair, Harvard Parents' Group
>>
>> Quoting Debrah Rud <debrah_rud at student.hms.harvard.edu>:
>>
>> > Thanks Sara =AD very wise words. Appreciate the thoughtful response. D=
eb
>> >
>> >
>> > On 1/21/09 1:04 PM, "spsuch" <spsuch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Hi Debrah, et al,
>> > >
>> > > This is certainly a very tough situation. Here are my thoughts based
>> on my
>> > > experience working with large (like Harvard) and small (like the
>> daycare
>> > > centers) organizations.
>> > >
>> > > I fear that if pressure is put on the University to make a decision
>> before
>> > > they are ready and have decided the budget as a whole, the answer is
>> more
>> > > likely to be 'no'. 'No' is, when it comes to financial issues, the
>> safer
>> > > answer. What might be doable, however, is to find out the date by
>> which
>> > this
>> > > decision will be made. Could the Office of Work Life help to get an
>> answer
>> > to
>> > > this piece of the puzzle?
>> > >
>> > > The organizations that do have flexibility are the daycare centers.
>> I'm not
>> > > currently enrolled in one but have applied to most of them for this
>> > September.
>> > > They've told me that the earliest I might hear is the beginning of
>> spring
>> > or
>> > > maybe, even, late April or early May. I'm not sure what they do
>> between
>> > > January 23 and April 1, but maybe they could find some way to move
>> their
>> > > January 23 deadline for re-enrolling closer to April. I imagine they
>> might
>> > > start calling families, doing tours, etc, but, the likely truth of t=
he
>> > matter
>> > > is that the need is so great that they will fill their spots even if
>> they
>> > > wait.
>> > >
>> > > If I were currently enrolled, I'd approach the director, explain the
>> > situation
>> > > and see if you (or anyone to whom this applies) might get an extensi=
on
>> on
>> > the
>> > > re-enrollment deadline.
>> > >
>> > > I hesitate to send out an email with advice that doesn't pertain to =
me
>> > > (though, fingers crossed on both the enrollment and scholarship
>> fronts, it
>> > > might next year!), but here it is, for what it's worth...
>> > >
>> > > Sara
>> > > HGSE
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > On Jan 21, 2009, at 12:27 PM, Debrah Rud wrote:
>> > >
>> > >>  Hi all,
>> > >>
>> > >>  As some of you may know, the doctoral student child care scholarsh=
ip
>> was
>> > a 3
>> > >> year pilot program and last year was the last year of the pilot. The
>> > Office
>> > >> of Work Life does not know if the scholarship funds will be renewed.
>> The
>> > >> deadline for re-enrolling children at many Harvard affiliated
>> programs
>> > (where
>> > >> the funds are valid) is approaching quickly. I know for my daycare
>> center
>> > >> (PTCC) the deadline to re-enroll is THIS FRIDAY 1/23.
>> > >>
>> > >>  I called the Office of Work Life and they don=B9t think it is like=
ly
>> that
>> > the
>> > >> scholarship committee will make a decision before the deadline to
>> > re-enroll.
>> > >> The woman in the office suggested that I contact my dean, which I
>> did, and
>> > he
>> > >> didn=B9t really know who to call to put pressure on. I=B9m not sure=
 what
>> to
>> > do.
>> > >> It is a helpless feeling.
>> > >>
>> > >>  I feel strongly that even if the answer is that the scholarships
>> will not
>> > be
>> > >> available, we need to know that. The timing of this is very tricky,
>> as we
>> > are
>> > >> being asked to either commit to paying $20K or more for a year of
>> child
>> > care
>> > >> without knowing if we will get any financial assistance or to lose
>> our
>> > >> hard-won slots at daycares where we have forged relationships with
>> care
>> > >> givers.
>> > >>
>> > >>  This is a tough spot. At least for me I know my son is eligible for
>> > >> kindergarten in Cambridge next fall, but there are many families th=
at
>> > don=B9t
>> > >> have the choice of public school next year.
>> > >>
>> > >>  Does anyone know who we can talk to in order to get an answer? I
>> think
>> > this
>> > >> puts many of us in a very difficult position.
>> > >>
>> > >>  Thanks,
>> > >>  Debrah
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> Jennifer Roloff Welch
> Advanced Doctoral Candidate
> Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Michelle Forman
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Harvard Graduate School of Education
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