Special Needs Scholarship
Families may apply now for the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities (formerly known as Gardiner) for the 2021-22 school year.
What can a Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly Gardiner) do for my child?
With a Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly Gardiner), your child has more learning options.
The Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly Gardiner) 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.
Please check our list of frequently asked questions here.
Family Empowerment Scholarship (Formerly Gardiner) Numbers for 2020-2021
Stepping Up To Success
- 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
- 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.