Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST)

How the Lottery Application
Process Works

Pre-Application information


MOST provides need-based scholarships to qualifying families who wish to send their children to private schools.

The scholarship maximum for the 2023-2024 school year is $3,530.00 per student.


MOST does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, or national or ethnic origin

in the administration of its educational policies or scholarship programs. 


Place of Residence: Students must be residents of Shelby County.

Student Grade Level: Students must be entering PK3, PK4, kindergarten, or grades 1-2 in the following school year.  Also eligible: Students in PK3 - 8 who have been diagnosed with special needs and will attend MOST Partner Schools that have programs available.

Family Income: Applying families must meet the Income Eligibility requirements

School Financial Aid Programs: If awarded a MOST Scholarship, the family is required to apply for any financial aid the student's school offers. Families may receive both school financial aid and a MOST Scholarship; however, the family is responsible for paying a minimum of $500 in tuition per year. 


In mid-March, all pre-applicants will have received an email stating whether they have been selected from the lottery or have been added to the wait-list. If your family has received this notification you must submit a New Student Application. Notification will be sent to the email address and mailing address you enter on the Lottery Application. If your contact information changes, please notify MOST immediately -

(Please add to your trusted emails list and/or check your junk/spam folder often.)

MOST will not accept applications after the deadline.  

Thank you for your interest in a MOST scholarship for your child(ren)!

Lottery Application

Lottery Applications are available during the month of February.