Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program

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2020-2021 BOOST Application is open! Applicants have until midnight on April 24, 2020 to submit applications. Access the instructions and start the application.

The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price lunch program to attend eligible nonpublic schools. Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first.

The BOOST program and its funding are governed by the annual budget bill. Scholarship awards are dependent on available funding. Senate Bill 190, the fiscal year 2021 Budget Bill, which governs the 2020-2021 program year, is currently being considered by the Maryland General Assembly.

2020-2021 BOOST La aplicación está abierta! Los solicitantes tienen hasta la medianoche del 24 de abril de 2020 para presentar sus solicitudes. Haga clic aquí para ver las instrucciones e iniciar la aplicación.

For additional information, please contact the BOOST Program -