BOOST applications for the 2021-2022 school year closed on May 17, 2021. For those who applied for BOOST, first round scholarship awards are expected in late July. If you have technical questions regarding your application, please email the Maryland State Department of Education at [email protected]. We wish the best to all who applied!
Help support BOOST: BOOST is funded through our Maryland state budget. It is very important that our state legislators hear about the positive impact of BOOST in Maryland’s educational landscape. If you are open to sharing your story, please sign up for the BOOST Action Network here.
The BOOST Scholarship Coalition is a group of parents, educators and school administrators who are dedicated to ensuring that Maryland students have access to high-quality, affordable and diverse educational options.
We believe that education is not one-size-fits-all and that families should have the opportunity to choose the education that best fits their child's needs. We advocate for families in Maryland.
The state of Maryland enacted the BOOST (Broadening Options & Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship Program in 2016 to give K-12 students from lower-income Maryland families an opportunity to find the best educational fit for their needs through by providing scholarships for their children to attend a nonpublic school. This puts more options within reach for Maryland families and children, particularly those who are most in need.
The Maryland Department of Education has closed the application window for BOOST Scholarships for 2021-2022.
Help spread the word about BOOST and the application period with our BOOST Scholarship toolkit.
Interested in which schools were eligible to participate in 2020-21? Check here to find eligible schools by county.
The average BOOST recipient's family (2020-2021) reported an average household income of just $35,612, and over $7.7 million in BOOST scholarships were allocated for students in 21 of 24 Maryland counties.