The Knott Scholarship Funds award four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend a Catholic parish elementary school located in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, or Howard counties. These scholarships honor Catholic students who excel in academics.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Parents can begin their child’s application after October 1st of each calendar year for the following academic year, and return to it as often as they need until all of the information has been filled out. When the parent portion is finished, the parent will submit the application and it will go to the applicant’s current principal for completion. The application is not complete until the principal fills out the principal portion of the form and uploads all of the required information, so parents should leave as much time as possible for the principal to fill out and submit the form prior to the deadline. They should also double check with the principal prior to the deadline to be sure the principal is aware of the student’s application and will be submitting it before the deadline.
Please take the time to read through all of the general application requirements – doing so may save you time and disappointment. If the student does not meet all of these criteria, do not apply. Only qualifying applications will be reviewed. The application link appears at the bottom of this page.
GENERAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
- Student must be in the fourth grade at time of application.
- Student must be a baptized Catholic or convert officially into the Catholic Church by a priest.
- Student and family must legally reside in one of these areas of the Archdiocese of Baltimore: Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, or Howard counties. If the student and family reside outside of these areas, the student is not eligible to apply for a scholarship.
- Student and family must be registered in a Catholic parish in one of the above-mentioned areas.
- If named a Knott Scholar, the student will be asked to provide a letter from the pastor of his/her parish stating he/she is a registered member of that parish. Applicants will be notified if this letter is necessary.
- Student attends fourth grade at a Catholic parish elementary school, or fourth grade in a public, private school or home school in one of the above geographic areas and has applied for admission into fifth grade at a Catholic elementary school in one of these same geographic areas. Confirmation of admission to a Catholic school must be included in your Knott Scholarship application when submitted.
- Student has scored in the 94th percentile or above in Total Reading, Language, and Total Mathematics, on a nationally standardized test (such as the Stanford Achievement Test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or the California Achievement Test) given at the student’s current school in spring of Grade 3 or fall of Grade 4.
- For students attending an Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic school giving the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in spring of Grade 3, the score categories are: Reading, ELA Total, and Math Total.*) These are the only test results we will accept. We will not accept any private retesting result unless the student is absent from school and has missed one of the sections. In that case, the parent must present proof in the form of a letter from the principal stating the student has missed a portion of the test. The student must then be tested privately in all of the required areas, as the test results must come from the same test.
- Public, private, and home-school students who have not taken a nationally standardized test ( we accept only the Stanford Achievement Test, the California Achievement Test or the Iowa Test of Basic Skills . . . not the PAARC test or other Maryland State testing) in spring of Grade 3 or fall of Grade 4 must be tested privately if they wish to apply. However, the student may be tested one time only and that is the only test result we will accept. Private test site administrators are given instructions to this effect. Please contact our office for complete information.
- Student’s fourth grade first and second trimester or first and second quarter report cards (depending on system used by your school) must show grades in major subjects – Reading/Literature/English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science – to be all A/A+ or 93-100, depending on grading system used. If the student’s school gives individual grades in Language Arts subjects, each subject must meet this A/A+, /93-100 requirement. If the student receives a grade of A- and this grade is equal to a number grade below 93, the student is not eligible to apply.
- ‘Eligibility’ for a Knott Scholarship’ means initial eligibility. Qualified students will fall into the range of many other high achieving students. Meeting initial eligibility criteria does not mean a student will receive a scholarship.
- Students exempt from tuition due to a parent’s employment by the school or parish are eligible to apply for a Knott Scholarship. Scholarship payments must be applied to that student’s tuition. The school has the discretion to apply its exemption to other expenses.
- Students are ranked according to the data submitted. We do not accept nor do we read letters of recommendation or support.
- BY APPLYING FOR A KNOTT SCHOLARSHIP, STUDENTS, PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL AGREE THAT ALL INFORMATION RECEIVED BY THE KNOTT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS, FROM ANY SOURCE, IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED TO ANYONE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO APPLICANTS, PARENTS, GUARDIANS OR SCHOOL PERSONNEL. ALL DECISIONS ARE FINAL.
Knott Scholarships are based primarily on outstanding academic achievement. However, a small amount of credit may be given for extreme financial need. The applicant must meet all requirements stated above, including all academic requirements, before financial need is considered.
To determine eligibility for this credit we use the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) distributed through School and Student Service for Financial Aid of Princeton, NJ. If you submit the Parents’ Financial Statement to School and Student Service, you may be asked to send a copy of your 2018 (not 2019) Federal Income Tax return, including all schedules if used, to the Knott Scholarship offices prior to receiving an award. The PFS form and the code you will need to use it are embedded in the portal application (see link below under “HOW TO APPLY”).
IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT A PFS, WE DO NOT NEED ANY TAX INFORMATION.
All completed elementary scholarship applications must be in our office no later than 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, March 20, 2020. Applications received after that date will not be processed regardless of the reason for delay. Announcement of results will be on or about FRIDAY, April 3, 2020.
HOW TO APPLY:
The Knott Scholarship Funds has changed its application process. Starting on October 1, 2019 all applications will be received through an application portal. You can access that portal here.
Scholarship application records are confidential. No information from any application, test score, grade report, evaluation, or tax return will be discussed or disclosed to anyone including, but not limited to applicants, parents, guardians and school personnel.
All completed elementary scholarship applications must be submitted to our office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed regardless of the reason for the delay.
Announcement of results will be on or about Friday, April 3, 2020.