General High School Scholarship
Each spring, MOST accepts High School Scholarship applications from eighth-graders who are currently receiving a MOST scholarship and will enter ninth grade in the fall. MOST believes that high school students should begin taking more personal responsibility for their education, so the students must complete a scholarship application, including short-answer questions and a brief essay. High School Scholarship amounts are based on the same income eligibility scale as for younger students, but the annual maximum increases from $2,500 to $2,700.
In February, grade 8 MOST scholars will receive an application packet at their schools. Please make sure your child receives it, follows all instructions, and meets all deadlines. The application deadline is Friday, March 19, 2021. Applications postmarked after March 19 or hand-delivered to the MOST office after 4:00 p.m. that day will not be accepted. Please contact us as soon after your child has received the High School Scholarship application if you have any questions about how to complete it.
Note: MOST will continue to collect student grades and conduct information throughout high school. If a student receives a final semester grade of a D or an F during high school, the scholarship will be up for review.
In addition to the general High School Scholarship, MOST eighth-graders may also apply for the highly selectiive Founder’s Scholarship, which will be awarded to up to five students each year. Honoring students who exhibit outstanding academic promise, leadership, and character, the Founder’s Scholarship is valued at 20% of tuition, up to $2,500.
- Example: If rising ninth-grader Jane Doe qualifies for the general MOST High School Scholarship maximum of $2,700 and is selected as a Founder’s Scholar at the $2,500 maximum, then she would receive a total of $5,200 in MOST scholarships for the school year.
Step 1: Student designates on the MOST High School Scholarship application that they are interested in applying for the Founder’s Scholarship. Only those who return the application by the March deadline and have marked that they want to apply for the Founder’s Scholarship will be included in the next step.
Step 2: Student asks for two recommendation letters (one from a math teacher and one from an English teacher) and gives each a MOST teacher recommendation form. Recommendations are due to MOST by March 19, 2021.
Step 3: MOST contacts the student in late March to schedule a time to complete a standardized test and a writing assignment (prompt provided in advance) at the MOST office in April. During that time, the student will also have an interview with two members of the MOST board or staff.
Step 4: MOST sends out Founder’s Scholarship acceptances to applicants and families via email and letter in late May.
Requirements to maintain the Founder's Scholarship through grade 12:
- Family requalifies financially each year
- Yearly academic review (with a goal to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher)
- Student provides annual write-up detailing challenges faced and growth experienced and highlighting personal/academic interests and school/extracurricular involvement.
- Annual review meeting with MOST staff