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BOOST: Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today

Who’s eligible for BOOST?

  • Low-income students whose family income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level
  • Family of 2 (e.g., one adult and one child): $29,637
  • Family of 3: $37,296
  • Family of 4: $44,955
  • For additional family size information, visit Public school students, as well as current nonpublic school students, may apply.
  • Visit find a List of Eligible Schools. Contact schools directly to be sure they intend to participate in the BOOST program.

How can you prepare to apply? The Maryland nonpublic schools’ coalition, Maryland Council for American Private Education (CAPE), wants your family to be notified as soon as the scholarship application process opens. Take these TWO steps in preparation:

  1. Visit to enter your information so we can notify you immediately when the application process is opened, and keep you updated about the program.
  2. APPLY to the school or schools that your children are interested in attending. Please be sure that your desired school choices are on the List of Eligible Schools. 

More information and applications will be available on the Maryland State Department of Education’s website at OR contact the Maryland Catholic Conference at or 443-510-4501.

daniel rudd scholarship fund

 The Daniel Rudd Scholarship Fund is administered by the Office and Board of African American Catholic Ministries in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The scholarship, named after the founder of the National Black Catholic Congress, is open to low income Catholic students currently residing in the metropolitan area of Baltimore and enrolled in a Catholic elementary or high school within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. For more information, call 410-625-8472 or

knott scholarship funds

The Knott Scholarship Funds award four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend a Catholic parish elementary school, Catholic high school, Catholic college in Baltimore City, or in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, or Howard counties. These scholarships are awarded to Catholic students who excel in academics. To apply, the student MUST meet ALL of the criteria listed on the website. Contact: The Knott Scholarship Funds 5850 Waterloo Road, Suite 140 Columbia, MD 21045 443-325-7884 or visit

knights of columbus scholarships

The Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus is the sponsor of several high school scholarships for its members and for Catholic students in general. The application period begins November 1st and all applications must be received by the scholarship committee no later than March 1st. For more information or for applications, visit their web site, or write to: Maryland State Council Knights of Columbus 10815 Stang Road Owings Mills, MD 21117.

the frederick M. Gossman Memorial high school scholarship

Designed to assist sons and daughters of members of the Knights of Columbus in paying tuition at accredited Catholic high schools, three grants of $1,500 per year, for up to four years, will be awarded. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, personal qualifications, and financial need.

the william J. O'brien, Jr., memorial high school scholarship 

Three grants of $1,500 per year for up to four years will be awarded. Open to Catholic students officially accepted at (or students at) accredited Catholic high schools in the jurisdiction of the Maryland State Knights of Columbus. Eligibility is open to Catholic students who are residents of the state of Maryland, and to children and grandchildren of a member of a Knights of Columbus council within the jurisdiction of Maryland. Applications are judge on academic excellence, personal qualifications, and financial need.

colleen and erin marlatt scholarship

This scholarship, awarded through The Colleen and Erin Marlatt Scholarship Fund, is intended to recognize the significant sacrifices made by teachers and administrators who have accepted God's call to the ministry of Catholic education. To be eligible to apply, a student must be a dependent of a full-time teacher or administrator with 3 or more years in a Catholic elementary or high school within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, The student must be entering as a freshman at a Catholic high school. Contact: Colleen and Erin Marlatt Scholarship Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 321 Clarksville, MD 21029-0321 Email: Fax: 410-796-6329

gary lee ryon jr. memorial scholarship

Sponsored by the Gary Lee Ryon Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. scholarships are awarded to 8th grade students accepted into a Washington or Baltimore Catholic high school. For more information, please email Betty Ryon at Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1st of the applicant's 8th grade year.

theresa f. truschel charitable foundation

Established to provide scholarships to students attending Catholic schools at all levels, as well as to provide grants to Catholic institutions and organizations helping those in need who require temporary financial assistance to support themselves and their families. Applications must be postmarked by April 30th. Contact: P.O. Box 19142 Baltimore, MD 21284 Phone 410-494-4463 Fax: 410-494-4492. Email: TheresaFTruschel@gmail.com Each individual school may award scholarships based on certain criteria. Contact the school office for more information.