The Eleanor Crain Memorial Scholarship


Application process is May 1 - July 1, 2024. To receive priority, applications requesting a scholarship for the half-day preschool program (September 2024 - May 2025) must be received by July 1, 2024. All applications must be fully completed, signed, and submitted on time.


In 2018, the Eleanor Crain Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to honor the memory of an amazing woman who had a huge heart for the kids in our community. Before a child's first day in Kindergarten, he or she needs a strong educational foundation that will prepare them for their entire school life. Unfortunately, many families may not be able to afford a preschool program, limiting their child's advantage when entering Kindergarten. 

This preschool scholarship provides opportunities for eligible children to access quality early education--supporting life long learning. A partial scholarship is offered annually to qualified children in the Y's half-day preschool program. Eligible students must be 3 to 5 years old, a resident of Pueblo County, and complete the required application. Scholarships will be applied to the child's account using a prorated monthly rate. Families are responsible for the remaining balance of their child's tuition/fees per YMCA policies as detailed within the fee agreement.

No person(s) shall receive any direct cash benefit from any preschool scholarship award(s). Scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other financial assistance. This Preschool scholarship cannot be applied to: Preschool Plus, After School Care, or any other YMCA Child Development Programs. 

Please email completed applications to Nicole Flanscha, Director of Child Development, at [email protected]