Special Needs Scholarship
The Gardiner/Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSA) program helps parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs.
2016 - 2017 school year:
Exciting news! The Gardiner/PLSA program has nearly tripled in size, with a total budget of $53.4 million, and should be able to serve more than 5,000 students this year. Also, the scholarship will now be available to 3- and 4-year-olds, to children with muscular dystrophy, and to children who have any diagnosis on the autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s.
If you are a NEW family interested in applying for a PLSA for a child who is 3-years old to grade 12 and who has either autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, spina bifida, Williams syndrome, Intellectual Disability (severe cognitive impairment), or Students who are in kindergarten, who are deemed “high risk” due to developmental delays, (and who are not older than 5 on Sept. 1), please click the apply now button.
2016-2017 Income-based Scholarship Interest List
Planning ahead: Are you interested in the income-based scholarship for the 2016-17 school year? Please complete and submit the form below to sign up for the 2016-17 income-based interest list.
Note: A valid 2016-2017 intent will expire if unused by April 30, 2017. A new Intent may be filed for the following year.
Filed your intent by: Your child must be enrolled by:
July 3, 2016 August 2, 2016
September 2, 2016 October 2, 2016
December 3, 2016 January 2, 2017
January 1, 2017 March 2, 2017
In order to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program, a student must apply for the program prior to withdrawing from public school. The student must also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)* or 504 Accommodation Plan, and:
Have been enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida public school during the preceding October and February Florida Education Finance Program surveys (Grades K-12); or
Have been a pre-kindergarten student who was enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida public school during the preceding October and February Florida Education Finance Program surveys and was at least 4 years old; or
Have been a pre-kindergarten student who was reported as having received Specialized Instructional Services by the Office of Early Learning and was at least 4 years old; or
Have attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind during the preceding October and February student membership surveys (Grades K-12).
If your child meets the eligibility requirements, you may apply for a scholarship by clicking on “Apply for a McKay Scholarship” located on the left hand side of the screen.
If your child does not meet these requirements but has an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan and is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who transfers to a school in Florida from out of state or from a foreign country pursuant to a parent’s permanent change of station orders, the child may be eligible for a McKay Scholarship. Please contact this office at 1-800-447-1636 for additional information.
* Please note that students with a "gifted only" designation and an Eligibility Plan (EP) do not meet the eligibility criteria for the McKay Scholarship Program.Type your paragraph here.
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