Education Track

The Education Track

A program for single student moms enrolled in a qualified undergraduate degree or certification in the healthcare field who just need a hand up to be able to focus full-time on completing their education.

About The Education Track

Through The Gatehouse Education Success Grant, single moms enrolled in a qualified undergraduate degree or certification in the healthcare field can focus full-time on completing their education without the added stress of a job to pay for housing, utilities, and childcare.

While completing their education, grant recipients live on The Gatehouse campus and are surrounded by a team of experts who strategize with them and encourage them as they work toward their long-term goals and prepare for their healthcare field career.

In addition to housing, the grant provides childcare at Legacy Early Learning Academy (school-age kids attend GCISD) and a monthly stipend, so grant recipients can focus on:

  • Going to school full-time (no outside employment permitted and no breaks between semesters) and maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completing education program requirements within 24 months
  • Addressing and overcoming the predominant barriers impacting self-sustainability through a Personal Empowerment Plan
  • Participating in all grant requirements, including weekly coaching sessions, skills classes and groups
  • Following Community Safety Rules
  • Ensuring children are fully engaged in the Family Life Program

Goals for Our Graduates

Fully-engaged Education Track Members should be able to achieve the following by graduation:

  • Successfully completed an undergraduate degree or certification in the healthcare field
  • Started a full-time job in desired healthcare career path (or will lead to a job in desired career path), with the potential for advancement
  • On track to earn a family-sustaining wage
  • Know how to create and manage a budget to eliminate debt and build savings and how to maintain a strong credit score
  • Developed the skills to manage emotional and spiritual health
  • Developed the skills to manage household rhythm and is knowledgeable of personal parenting style
  • Established a healthy community within and outside of The Gatehouse community

How to Apply

Partner School Healthcare Students (Parker University)

If you are enrolled at a partner school listed above, contact your Advisor to learn more and see if you qualify.

Students From Other Schools

If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements listed below, you can submit an initial application along with a letter of recommendation from your qualified college or university verifying your enrollment and timeline for degree completion. If minimum eligibility requirements are met and a grant is available (based on space on our campus), you will be invited to complete the full grant application.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • A single mother 25 years or older with children between 12 months old and a senior in high school who are eligible to live in Tarrant County
  • US citizen and currently living in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin, Parker, Johnson, Ellis or Wise County
  • Within 2 years of graduation or completing a qualified undergraduate degree or certification in the healthcare field at an approved institution (60 or less hours remaining)
  • Enrolled in a qualified undergraduate degree or certification in the healthcare field at an approved institution with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 (if accepted but not attended yet, most recent school transcripts and proof of enrollment/start date from school are required)
  • Has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student in her adult life
  • Annual income below $50,000 and proof of current FAFSA application/approval
  • Must be able to provide a career plan that explains how the degree will be instrumental in reaching career goals
  • No active addictions with sustained sobriety for at least the last 3 years
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license and reliable vehicle

Institution Requirements

  • Campus is located in Denton, Dallas, Collin, or Tarrant County
  • Must be a SACS-accredited, nonprofit institution
  • Degree program must have programmatic accreditation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Department of Education

Examples of healthcare field degrees and certifications that would qualify for Education Success Grant:

Undergraduate Degree Programs:

  • Nursing
  • Paramedic
  • Health Science
  • Health Administration and Management
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
  • Diagnostic Sonography
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Radiologic Tomography
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health

Certifications:

  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Dental Technician
  • EKG Technician
  • Certified Medical Laboratory Technician
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Cardiovascular technician
  • Surgical technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Mammography Technician

If you would like to see if your undergraduate program major or certification will qualify, email us at [email protected]

Upcoming Application Deadlines

 

Fall 2023 Semester             

Application opens April 15, 2023

Deadline May 31, 2023

 

Spring 2024 Semester

Application opens September 15, 2023

Deadline October 31, 2023

About the Application Process

  • Meeting these minimum eligibility requirements and submitting a Referral Form ensures an applicant’s Referral Form will be considered but does not guarantee an invitation to apply for the grant, an interview or a grant award.
  • Applicants will receive a response within 4 weeks of submitting a Referral Form.
  • If an applicant is invited to apply for the grant, the application process can take up to 8 weeks, depending on how completely and quickly the applicant returns required information (the application process includes an application, background check, interview and drug screening). This is a competitive application process so being invited to apply or interview does not guarantee a grant will be awarded.
  • The number of grants awarded each application period will be based on space availability. Applicants submitted by a partner school will receive priority.
  • If an applicant is not selected for a grant, we do not discuss reasons for the denial with the applicant or their representative.
  • If selected for this grant, move in dates are determined based on the start date of the semester and/or certification program.