How the Gardiner Scholarship Works

2021-22 School Year:

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

Note: Renewal students will have funding priority until April 30, 2021.

General Application Information:
As always, funding is limited, and applications are processed based on the following priority:

  • • Renewal students will have funding priority until April 30, 2021.
  • • Once the funding priority deadline (4/30/2021) for RENEWAL students has passed, depending on available funding, applications will be processed in this order: 1) students who were on the 2020-21 Gardiner Scholarship waitlist and 2) new and renewal students in the order they are determined eligible.
  • • 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. If funding is not available at the time an award determination is made, the student may be placed on the waitlist.

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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