Special Needs Scholarship

Families may apply now for the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA; formerly Gardiner) for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 school year: Don’t delay! For the 2021-22 school year, application and documentation must be submitted on or before Jan. 31, 2022.

2022-23 school year: Interested in next school year (2022-23) instead? Please continue to check back for updates.

Is your child receiving McKay Scholarship funds for the 2021-22 school year? Please continue reading for important information.  

The Opportunity

What can a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA; formerly Gardiner) do for my child?

With a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA), your child has more learning options. 

The  Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.

Click here to view the FES-UA 2021-22 award amounts.

Please check our list of frequently asked questions here.

2021-22 School Year: Don’t delay! For the 2021-22 school year, application and documentation must be submitted on or before Jan. 31, 2022.

2022-23 School Year: Interested in next school year (2022-23) instead? Please continue to check back for updates.

For families with students receiving McKay Scholarship funds for the 2021-22 school year, the child will need to transfer to the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) for the 2022-23 school year. Please note that current McKay Scholarship students will not need to re-qualify for a scholarship. Be on the lookout for a communication from the Florida Department of Education in early 2022 with information about the transition process. There is no action to take with Step Up For Students at this time.

Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA; formerly Gardiner) Numbers for 2020-2021

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Meet the Students

Stepping Up To Success

Does my child qualify?

Eligibility Requirements

This scholarship is for Florida students 3 years old through 12th grade or age 22, whichever comes first, with one of the following diagnoses:
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Being a high-risk child
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Emotional or a behavioral disability
  • Hearing impairment, including deafness
  • Hospital or homebound
  • Identification as dual sensory impaired
  • Intellectual disability
  • Language impairment
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Other health impairment
  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Rare diseases
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech impairment
  • Spina bifida
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual impairment, including blindness
  • Williams syndrome
Age requirements:
  • Students must be at least 3 or 4 on or before Sept 1.
  • Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept 1.
  • Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept 1.

Find Scholarship Schools

Select your district, choose FES Unique Abilities scholarship participation, then go.

MyScholarShop

Purchase preapproved educational materials for your child.

Find Scholarship Providers

Find specialized service providers.

2021-22 School Year
RENEWAL and NEW students may apply now for a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) for the 2021-22 school year.

Don’t delay! For the 2021-22 school year, application and documentation must be submitted on or before Jan. 31, 2022.
Interested in next school year (2022-23) instead? Please continue to check back for updates.