Pay It Forward FINAL

More than anyone, M.O.S.T. Alumni know what doors our scholarships can open.

As rewarding as it is to see M.O.S.T. Students thrive in elementary, middle, and high school, catching up with our alumni after they leave the program is a unique thrill. Your experiences in college and trade school, and the hard work you’ve poured into your careers inspire us every day.

Now, we’re asking you to help us usher the next generation of high-achieving students into their own bright futures with a gift to M.O.S.T.

When you Pay It Forward, you give Memphis-area families the opportunity to send their children to the schools that best fit their needs, regardless of zip code or financial circumstances.

2022-2023 School Year

Quick Facts

  • M.O.S.T. granted $1,039,633 to 356 students attending 44 partner schools.
  • The average scholarship for students in PK3 through grade 12 is $2,929.
  • The average tuition per student is $11,816 (not including financial aid provided by schools).
  • M.O.S.T. Scholarships provided, on average, 52% of students' tuition less school financial aid.

How M.O.S.T.
Scholarships Work

Families who qualify financially may apply* for a scholarship for their preschooler, kindergartner, first- or second-grader, or child with special-needs up to grade 8.
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Scholars Choose
The parents or guardians of M.O.S.T. Scholars choose the schools they believe are the best fit for their children. M.O.S.T. provides the scholarship funds directly to the partner schools each semester.
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Needs Based
Scholarship amounts are determined based on a combination of the family’s income, household size, and the portion of tuition they are expected to pay. The current average scholarship is $2,929. 
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Additional Scholarships
During the second semester of eighth grade, M.O.S.T. Scholars are encouraged to apply for the M.O.S.T. High School Scholars Program and the merit-based McDonnell Scholarship.