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. 


BOOST scholarships for this year have been awarded by the Maryland Department of Education. Please check back after the first of the year for the 2021-2022 applications, or join the BOOST Action Network to get alerts about BOOST legislation and deadlines.

Interested in which schools were eligible to participate in 2020-21? Check our interactive map to find eligible schools by county.


BOOST scholarships 2020-21 facts


Did you know?

The average BOOST recipient's family (2020-2021) reported an average household income of just $35,612.
Over $7.7 million in BOOST scholarships were allocated for students in 21 of 24 Maryland counties.