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New Applicant Information for Prospective Parents

2018- 2019 School Year

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) is accepting applications for new students for the 2018-19 school year. From Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. through Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., MOST will accept online pre-applications for 2018-19 scholarships. The pre-application process will help determine those who meet the criteria necessary to receive the actual New Student Application. All families deemed qualified during the pre-application process will be part of a lottery in early March 2018 to determine who will receive New Student Applications.

They will award a limited number of new scholarships to children who meet the following criteria:

  • They are residents of Shelby County, Tennessee.
  • They will enter PK3, PK4, kindergarten, or first grade in the 2018-19 school year at a private school with which MOST partners.
  • The family is eligible based on 2017 income.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to older children with documented special needs who are applying to a partner school that serves those specific needs. MOST provides partial scholarships based on financial need. All family income from 2017 will be considered, both earned and unearned, including, but not limited to, the adjusted gross income reported on tax return Form 1040, child support, and food stamps. The maximum scholarship award for students entering PK3 through first grade is $2,100, but awards are on a sliding scale and may be less than $2,100 when both family income and the school’s tuition amount are taken into account. If a school offers financial aid for its students, families are encouraged to apply for that as well, as a family may receive funding from both sources.

Please note that families are still responsible for the remaining tuition and any fees or other expenses at the chosen school; each family is required to pay something for their child’s education. Memphis has many private schools, and tuition amounts can vary significantly from school to school. Please know that MOST will receive many more applications than it can fund. Visit our website for more information anytime or to apply online beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. CT. The pre-application will not be available before that time.

Income Eligibility 2018-2019 (Household Size Maximum 2017 income allowed in order to apply)

  • 2-$43,848
  • 3-$55,134
  • 4-$66,420
  • 5-$77,706
  • 6-$88,992
  • 7-$100,278
  • 8-$111,564

Questions? Visit or call 901.842.5327.

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust
1000 Ridgeway Loop Rd., Suite 205
Memphis, TN 38120
Phone: 901.842.5327 | Fax: 901.842.5331
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