The Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly, the Gardiner Scholarship) is available to Florida students – ages 3 through 12th grade, or up to age 22 – with special needs. A qualifying disability includes anaphylaxis, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, deaf or hearing-impaired, Down syndrome, dual sensory-impaired, emotional or behavioral disability, intellectual disability, language-impaired, muscular dystrophy, orthopedic impaired, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, rare disease (as defined by the National Organization for Rare Disorders), speech impairment, specific learning disability, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, or Williams syndrome. Students ages 3-5 who are deemed “high risk” because of developmental delays may also qualify. Families can choose financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees or assistance with transportation to a public school in and out ther school district.
Eligible Grade Levels:
No GPA requirement
Please note that scholarship deadlines often change, so make sure to check the scholarship sponsor’s website for up-to-date deadlines.