Serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa 

Financial Resources

Scholarships specific to students with disabilities:

Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities(formerly the Gardiner Scholarship):  Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, the Gardiner Scholarship Program has been rolled into the Family Empowerment Scholarship and will be referred to as the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA). As was done with the Gardiner Scholarship Program, students who are found eligible are able to use their funds as an education savings account. This means funding can be used beyond just tuition and fees at a private school. Families are required to apply and renew through the scholarship funding organizations. The scholarship funding organization is responsible for determining eligibility, awarding and distributing funding to eligible students and approving eligible expenditures.

The McKay Scholarship:  Florida's school choice programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided nearly 30,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2020-21 school year. The McKay Scholarship Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of an eligible special needs student may choose to transfer the student to another public school.

Other scholarships

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship:  Florida created the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship in 2001 to give students one learning option that is not available to them because of their financial circumstances. It allows them to consider whether a private school might be a better fit academically.

Hope Scholarship:  Florida created the Hope Scholarship in 2018 to give bullied students a fresh start. This first-of-its-kind school choice program provides scholarships to students suffering from bullying at their prior public school. K-12 students who have reported an incident of harassment, hazing, bullying, robbery, sexual assault and more, may be eligible for a scholarship to attend a private school or a public school in a different school district. 

Reading Scholarship:  In order to be eligible for a Reading Scholarship Account your child must be  currently enrolled in a Florida public school in third, fourth or fifth grade for the 2021-22 school year, and scored a performance level of 1 or 2 on the English Language Arts (ELA) test in the 2020-21 school year.  Students who are classified as English Language Learners (ELL), and who are enrolled in a program or receiving services that are specifically designed to meet the instructional needs of ELL students, will receive priority.

Transportation Scholarship For the 2021-22 school year, a family of four could have an income of nearly $100,000 annually to be eligible for a $750 scholarship (per student) to assist with transportation costs to a public school that is different than the one they are assigned to attend.