Gardiner Scholarship

The Gardiner Scholarship Program

What is the Gardiner Scholarship?

The Gardiner Scholarship is different than other state scholarships in that it provides parents the opportunity to create a truly customized educational program for their child.

Who is eligible?

The Gardiner Scholarship is open to Florida students in kindergarten through 12th grade with one of the following disabilities:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder,
  • Cerebral Palsy,
  • Down Syndrome,
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome,
  • Spina Bifida,
  • William’s Syndrome or Intellectual Disability (significant cognitive impairment), and
  • Kindergarten students deemed “high risk” because of developmental delays may be eligible.

What are the requirements?

  • Students must have either an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from a Florida school district or a formal diagnosis from a licensed physician or psychologist.
  • Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept 1.
  • Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept 1.

Can it be used for Home Education?

  • Students can participate in the Gardiner Scholarship as part of home education; however, they cannot be enrolled in a public school or be receiving any other state sponsored scholarship.

How do I apply? 

All families interested in a Gardiner Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year will be able to apply in early March 2020. The exact date has not yet been determined.

The Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFO) listed below are approved to administer the Gardiner Scholarship Program. Contact the SFO for instructions and deadlines for applying for a scholarship.

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation
Phone: 888-707-2465

Step Up for Students
Phone: 877-735-7837

Where can I find more information?

FLDOE K-12 Scholarship Programs 

FDOE Gardiner Scholarship Program webpage

Step Up for Students Gardiner Scholarship webpage