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Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program

The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price school meals program (FARMS) to attend eligible nonpublic schools.  Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first. The BOOST program and its funding are governed by the annual State Budget Bill. Scholarship awards are dependent on available funding. The BOOST Program 2022-2023 program year funding allocation will be determined by the Maryland State fiscal year 2023 Budget Bill and enacted April 4th at the conclusion of the 444th Maryland General Assembly. 

The BOOST scholarship application window for the 2022-2023 school year and the link to the online application will be posted to this website in the coming weeks. Visit the BOOST website regularly for the application opening announcement and the link to the online scholarship application.

Who is eligible?
  1. Students have submitted an application, been accepted, or enrolled at a BOOST participating nonpublic school. The list of potential participating schools is available in a link on this BOOST webpage.  
  2. Household income reported on Federal Income Tax return tax year 2021 forms must be within the income eligibility threshold limits set by the federal government for household size and income.
What are the scholarship application requirements?

Before you submit an application for a scholarship you must obtain the required documents. Go to the application requirements webpage and view the list of the required documents and application requirements.

Do you have any questions?

If you have questions about the application or the process prior to the opening of the BOOST scholarship application window, you can contact BOOST Program staff via:
A BOOST Program staff will respond to all inquiries within the next business day.