BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship Program

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

The BOOST Scholarship application for the 2022-2023 school year was open from March 9 - April 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM. It is currently closed. The application for the 2023-2024 school year has not been opened yet.

The BOOST Scholarship Program is governed by the annual State Budget Bill. Scholarship awards are dependent on available funding.  Senate Bill 290, the state fiscal year 2023 budget bill is currently being considered by the Maryland General Assembly.

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Who is eligible?

  1. Students that have submitted an application, been accepted, or enrolled at a BOOST participating nonpublic school. The list of potential participating schools is available in a link on this BOOST webpage.  
  2. Household income reported on Federal Income Tax return tax year 2021 forms must be within the income eligibility threshold limits set by the federal government for household size and income.
What are the scholarship application requirements?

Before you submit an application for a scholarship you must obtain the required documents. Go to the application requirements webpage and view the  list of the required documents and application requirements.


What if I have questions?

Contact Robert Wancowicz
Email: boost.msde@maryland.gov
Phone: (410) 767-0443