Special Needs Scholarship

Families may apply now for a Gardiner Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.

Special Needs Scholarship

Families may apply now for a Gardiner Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.
The Opportunity

What can a Gardiner Scholarship do for my child?

With a Gardiner Scholarship, your child has more learning options. The Gardiner Scholarship 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.

View the 2020-21 Gardiner Scholarship Amounts

The Opportunity

What can a Gardiner Scholarship do for my child?

With a Gardiner Scholarship, your child has more learning options.
The Gardiner Scholarship 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.

View the 2020-21 Gardiner Scholarship Amounts

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Gardiner Scholarship Numbers for 2020-2021

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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:
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Phelan McDermid syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Spina bifida
  • Williams syndrome
  • Intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment)
  • Rare diseases as defined by the National Organization for Rare Disorders
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Deaf or hearing impaired
  • Visually impaired
  • Dual sensory impaired
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hospital or homebound as defined by the rules of the State Board of Education and evidenced by reports from local school districts.
  • Three, four or five year-olds who are deemed high-risk due to developmental delays.
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.

Now more families than ever are eligible for a scholarship.

On May 11, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that expands access to education choice scholarships. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2021. The new legislation allows more families than ever to be eligible for a scholarship, including:

  • Sibling of Gardiner Scholarship students.
  • Dependent children of a member of the United States Armed Forces
  • Students with one of the following diagnoses: speech impairment; language impairment; orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; emotional or behavioral disability; or specific learning disability, including but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia

We are diligently updating our systems to account for the new eligibility criteria. If your student meets a criteria above, we ask you to click here to be notified when you can apply.

Find Gardiner Schools

Select your district, choose Gardiner Scholarship schools, then go.

MyScholarShop

Purchase preapproved educational materials for your child.

Find Gardiner Providers

Find specialized service providers.

2021-22 School Year
RENEWAL and NEW students may apply now for a Gardiner Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.