Secondary Scholarships

The Knott Scholarship Funds award four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend a Catholic high 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 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.

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.



  • Student must be in eighth 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 resides outside of these areas, the student is not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Student and family must be registered in a Catholic parish in one of the above-mentioned geographic areas.
  • Student must be an eighth grader in a Catholic, public, private, or home school and must be applying for admission into a Catholic High School in one of the above geographic areas. Student will be asked to include  proof of acceptance from a Catholic High School when submitting a completed Knott Scholarship application.
  • Student must have scored in the 94th percentile or above in Total Reading, Total Mathematics and Language on a nationally standardized test given at the student’s current school in spring of Grade 7 or fall of Grade 8. For students attending a school giving a nationally standardized test in spring of Grade 7, these are the only test results we will accept. (*For Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic schools, this means the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for which the score categories are: Reading, ELA Total, and Math Total.*) We will not accept any private retesting results 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 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.
  • Students who have not taken a nationally standardized test in spring of Grade 7 or fall of Grade 8, or who have not been tested in all of the areas shown above, must be tested privately if they wish to apply (we accept only the Stanford Achievement Test, the California Achievement Test or the Iowa Test of Basic Skills . . . not the PAARC Test or any other Maryland State testing). 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 eighth grade first and second trimester or first and second quarter report cards (depending on system used by the student’s school) must show grades in major subjects –  Reading/Literature/English/Writing/Vocabulary/Spelling (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 below 93, the student is not eligible to apply.
  • Student must take the Archdiocese of Baltimore High School Admissions Test (‘HSPT’) given in December and have a Composite Score (CMP) in the 95th percentile or above on this test. The student will be asked to submit a copy of these test results with their Knott application. If the student does not take this exam or if the composite score is at or below the 94th percentile, do not apply for this scholarship.


Knott Scholarships are based primarily on outstanding academic achievement. However, a small amount of credit may be given for extreme financial need. The student must meet all of the general 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 secondary 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 made on or about Friday, April 3, 2020.

The Knott Scholarship Funds has changed its application process. Beginning October 1, 2019, all applications will be received through an application portal that is available here.

Scholarship application are completely confidential and will not be shared with any group. No information from any test score, grade report, tax return or other assessment will be disclosed to parents, teachers or school administrators.