Elementary Scholarships

Knott Scholarships honor Catholic students who excel in academics. The Knott Scholarship Funds award four-year, full-tuition scholarships to students who legally reside in and attend a Catholic parish elementary school in one of the following geographic areas:

Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Carroll County
Frederick County
Harford County
Howard County

Application Process
  1. Read through all the general application requirements listed below. Students not meeting ALL the necessary requirements will not be considered for the scholarship and need not apply.
    Only qualifying applications will be reviewed.
    The application link appears at the bottom of this page.
  2. Inform your child’s current school principal that your child is applying for a Knott Scholarship. The principal will need to:
    • Complete the Principal’s portion of the application.
    • Upload all required information – including test scores when available.
    • Convert and submit numerical grades for the first and second quarters or trimesters.
    • For public schools, the grade conversion may have to be accomplished by the guidance office. It is suggested you reach out to them as well at this time.
  3. Parents may begin their child’s application by accessing the portal. Parents are welcomed to return to the application as often as needed to complete it. Before beginning, parents should collect and have readily available:
    • A copy of your child’s baptismal certificate
    • Contact information for your child’s current principal
    • Contact information for the principal of the school your child hopes to attend
  4. Once the parent applies, we will notify the current principal that they have an application pending. It is then the responsibility of the principal to upload all required information regarding the student before the deadline.
  5. Completed applications are submitted to the Knott Scholarship Funds for evaluation.
  6. Announcement of Knott Scholarship Awards will be made.
Eligibility Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year
GEOGRAPHY
The student and family must reside in, be registered in a Catholic parish, and have applied for admission into the fifth grade at a Catholic parish elementary school in one of the following geographic areas:

Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Carroll County
Frederick County
Harford County
Howard County

AGE
The student must be in the fourth grade at the time of application. The student may be currently attending a Catholic elementary school, a public school, a private school, or home school.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
The student must be a baptized Catholic or convert officially into the Catholic Church by a priest.

TEST SCORES
The student must have scored in the 94th percentile or above in each section of the SCANTRON Performance Series Test listed below. The test should be administered at the student’s current school in the spring of Grade 3 or fall of Grade 4. No other standardized test scores will be considered.

SCANTRON Performance Series:
Reading
Language Arts
Math

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE SCANTRON PERFORMANCE SERIES TEST THAT WILL BE ADMINISTERED IN JANUARY OF 2021 WILL BE THE NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED TEST USED FOR EVALUATION FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Notes about additional testing:

Private testing results will ONLY be accepted in either of the following two scenarios:

  1. If the student is absent from school and misses one or more sections of the test, the parent must:
    • Present proof of the absence in the form of a letter from the principal stating that the student missed a portion of the test.
    • Arrange for the student to be retested, at their current school, in all the required areas. All test results must come from the same test.
  2. If the student attends a public, private, or home school that has NOT administered the SCANTRON Performance Series in the spring of Grade 3 or fall of Grade 4, the student may be tested privately.
    • The student may only be tested once and those are the only test results that will be accepted.
    • Please contact the Knott Scholarship office for complete information on how to register for a SCANTRON test. There will be a fee of $25, payable to the host school, for test administration.

GRADES
The student’s fourth grade first and second quarter (or trimester) report card grades must be a minimum numeric grade of 93 in each of the following areas:

Reading/Literature/English/Language Arts
Social Studies
Mathematics
Science

Notes about grades:

  • If any grade for the above subjects is below 93, the student is not eligible to apply.
  • If the student’s school gives individual grades in Language Arts subjects, each subject must meet the minimum 93 standard.
  • If the student’s grading system does not supply numeric grades, a conversion by the school is required along with an official transcript.
Additional Information about the Application Process
  1. Confirmation of admission to a Catholic school must be included in the Knott Scholarship application when submitted.
  2. 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.
  3. Students are ranked according to the data submitted. We do not accept, nor do we read, letters of recommendation or support.
  4. ‘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.
  5. By applying for a Knott Scholarship, the applicant understands that grades and test scores will be supplied to the Knott Scholarship Office by their current school or the Archdioceses of Baltimore.
  6. BY APPLYING FOR A KNOTT SCHOLARSHIP, STUDENTS, PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL AGREE THAT ALL INFORMATION RECEIVED BY THE KNOTT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS, REGARDING GRADES, TEST SCORE, EVALUATION, OR TAX RETURNS, FROM ANY SOURCE, IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED OR DISCUSSED WITH ANYONE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: APPLICANTS, PARENTS, GUARDIANS OR SCHOOL PERSONNEL. ALL DECISIONS ARE FINAL.
Financial Need

Knott Scholarships are based primarily on outstanding academic achievement. However, a small amount of consideration 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 consideration 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 latest 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 (via APPLY button below).

Tax information may be required ONLY IF you have submitted a PFS. If you are not asking for financial need consideration, no tax information will be required.

Critical Dates

The portal will be open for applications beginning January 11, 2021.

All completed elementary scholarship applications must be submitted to our office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed regardless of the reason for the delay.

Announcement of results will be on or about April 9, 2021.

Ready to Apply? (Must meet ALL criteria for consideration)
  • Catholic or officially converted
  • Reside in and attend Catholic parish school in designated counites in the Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Minimum Composite Score in the 94th percentile for the SCANTRON test
  • Grades a minimum of 93 in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science for both marking periods

The portal will open on January 11, 2021.

Students who are awarded a Knott Scholarship
  1. Students who are awarded Knott Scholarships will be asked to provide a letter from the pastor of his/her parish affirming that the student is a registered member of the parish. Applicants will be notified if this letter is necessary.
  2. Once awarded, students, parents, guardians, and school personnel understand that ongoing grade reports will be supplied to the Knott Scholarship office to monitor a scholar’s progress for the entire four years of the scholarship.
  3. Newly designated Scholars will be asked to attend the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Knott Scholarship Funds to be held on September 19, 2021 in Baltimore, to be officially recognized. Additional details to follow.

All applications will be received through the application portal, which can be accessed via the APPLY button.