How the Gardiner Scholarship Works

2020-21 School Year:

We are no longer accepting Gardiner Scholarship applications or supporting documents for the 2020-21 school year.

2021-22 School Year:

Families who would like to be notified when we begin accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year, may click here to learn more about the scholarship and to join our interest list.

Please note: Gardiner Scholarship funding is limited, and applications are processed based on the following priority:

  • RENEWAL students will have funding priority until June 30, 2020. If funding is not available at the time an award determination is made, the student may be placed on the waitlist. (A renewal student is one who has received Gardiner Scholarship funding for the 2019-20 school year.)
  • NEW students, including those currently on the 2019-20 Gardiner waitlist, who are found eligible for a 2020-21 Gardiner Scholarship will be placed on a waitlist due to the requirement to provide renewal students priority.
    • Once the deadline for renewal priority has passed (June 30, 2020), and depending on available funding, students will be moved from the waitlist in this order: 1) students who were on the 2019-20 Gardiner Scholarship waitlist and 2) new students.
  • Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Within the above priority groups, students will be awarded based on the date and time eligibility was determined.

Reminder: Students on the Gardiner Scholarship waitlist for the 2019-20 school year have priority over new students for the 2020-21 school year. We strongly encourage families to apply early.

The Gardiner Scholarship program helps parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs.

A different kind of scholarship: 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.

The Gardiner Scholarship award amount varies according to grade, county of residence and disability. The Gardiner Scholarship award amounts for the 2020-21 school year are still being determined. However, the average amount for most students in the 2019-20 school year is $10,400, and is based on a matrix level of 253. Click here to view the 2019-20 Gardiner Scholarship Amounts (PDF).

If you are interested in becoming an approved provider, please read the Provider Handbook for more information. Please contact with any additional questions

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