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To submit a MOST pre-application for our scholarship lottery in February, families must meet the following three requirements:

  • Place of Residence — Families and student applicants must be residents of Shelby County.
  • Student Grade Level — Students must be entering PK3, PK4, kindergarten, or grades 1 or 2 in the 2022-23 school year to receive a MOST scholarship for the first time. [Also eligible: Students entering PK3 through grade 8 who have been diagnosed with special needs and will attend one of the following MOST partner schools or programs: Bodine School, Bowie Center Day School, Briarcrest's Education Support Services program, Concord Academy, Holy Rosary's ANGEL program or The Learning Center, Madonna Learning Center, Phoenix School for Creative Learning, Shady Oaks School, and St. Benedict's PLUS program.]*
  • Family Income — Applying families must meet our income eligibility requirements (see income scale below).
  • School Financial Aid Programs — If awarded a MOST scholarship, a family is required to apply for any financial aid that the student's school might offer. They may receive the MOST scholarship and school financial aid, but the family is responsible for paying a portion of the child's tuition.

*Note: Public schools offer many special education resources, so we encourage you to check with the special education office of your public school district first, as your child’s needs might be met for free.

2021–22 Income Eligibility Scale

Household Size*    Maximum Total 2021 Income**

         2                           $47,034
         3                           $59,292
         4                           $71,550
         5                           $83,808
         6                           $96,066
         7                           $108,324
         8                           $120,582

*For each additional family member, add $12,258.

**Total income includes adjusted gross income from tax return(s), Social Security income, child support, and government assistance (e.g. Families First, SSI, food stamps, etc.).

Once students receive a MOST scholarship, they can remain on the program through grade 8. In eighth grade, current MOST Scholars can apply for a MOST High School Scholarship, which takes into account grades and conduct, and a competitive merit-based McDonnell Scholarship, which is awarded to up to seven students each year in addition to the general high school scholarship.

NOTE: Families of MOST Scholars in all grade levels must qualify financially each year, whether the scholarship is merit-based or not.