How the Gardiner Scholarship Works

Please note: We are quickly reaching the maximum number of Gardiner Scholarships available for the 2019-20 school year. At this time, all students found eligible for the Gardiner Scholarship will be placed on a waitlist. Step Up For Students continuously evaluates if there are remaining scholarships available, and will move students from the waitlist based on the time and date eligibility was confirmed, when possible. Parents/guardians will be notified if funding is available and their student is moved from the waitlis

We encourage families to continue to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.


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 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 gardinerpayments@sufs.org with any additional questions

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