Secondary Scholarship Criteria
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 high school in one of the following geographic areas:
Anne Arundel County
- 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.
- 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 if required.
- 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.
- 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
- When available – the high school acceptance letter. You can re-visit the application to upload letter. The application is not considered complete without this letter, and it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to add it to the application. Acceptance letters are generally mailed in early February.
Eligibility Requirements for the 2024-2025 School Year
The student and family must reside in, be registered in a Catholic parish, and have applied for admission into a Catholic high school in one of the following geographic areas:
Anne Arundel County
The student must be in the eighth grade at the time of application. The student may be currently attending a Catholic school, a public school, a private school, or home school.
The student must be a baptized Catholic or convert officially into the Catholic Church by a priest.
TWO test scores are required for a student to be considered for a Secondary Knott Scholarship. These are the only two test scores that will be accepted. PAARC Test scores or any other Maryland State testing will not be accepted. The tests are:
- The Archdiocese of Baltimore High School Admissions Test (HSPT). The HSPT is administered in December and is part of the Catholic high school admissions process. Students must earn a Composite Score (CMP) in the 95th percentile.Students who do not take the HSPT or earn a CMP at or below the 94th percentile will not be considered for the Knott Scholarship.
- The MAP Assessment
Students attending an Archdiocesan elementary school will take this test during the normal school day in January 2024. The January 2024 test will be the test results used.
Students NOT attending an Archdiocesan elementary school can take this test at many of the Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, once the HSPT results are known.
The student may be tested one time only and that is the only test result that will be accepted.
To enquire about the MAP Assessment parents may contact the admissions/enrolment department of any high school they are interested in having their child attend. If your child meets the HSPT criteria, please let the high school know your child will be testing for a Knott Scholarship. Regardless of where the student takes the MAP Assessment, the student must have at least a 92nd percentile score or above in all the following areas:
Notes about Retesting:
Retesting results will ONLY be accepted for students currently attending an Archdiocesan school if the student is absent from school and misses one or more sections of the test. In that case, 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. This documentation will be required as part of the
- 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.
- Students who miss a MAP Assessment for which they register privately will have to re-register for an alternative date. Only one set of test scores will be accepted.
The student’s eighth 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/Writing/Vocabulary/Spelling (Language Arts)
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
- Proof of admission to a Catholic high school must be included in the Knott Scholarship application by the parent or guardian for scholarship evaluation. Acceptance letters are usually sent in early February. Parents are responsible for including a copy of the acceptance letter and only applications with acceptance letters will be considered complete and will be evaluated
- 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.
- ‘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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 FACTS. 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. A link to the FACTS website 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 information to FACTS. If you are not asking for financial need consideration, no tax information will be required.
The portal will be open for applications beginning January 24, 2024.
All completed secondary scholarship applications must be submitted to our office no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 21,2024. 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 12, 2024.
Ready to Apply? (Must meet ALL criteria for consideration)
- Catholic or officially converted
- Reside in and be accepted to attend Catholic high school in designated counties in the Archdiocese of Baltimore
- Minimum 95th composite percentile score for the HSPT test
- Minimum Composite Score in the 92nd percentile for the MAP Assessment in each category: Reading, Math, and Language Usage
- Grades a minimum of 93 in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science for both marking periods
The portal will open on January 24,2024.
Students who are awarded a Knott Scholarship
- 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.
- 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.
- Newly designated Scholars will be required to attend the Knott Scholarship Funds Pinning Ceremony, to be officially recognized. Additional details to follow.
- Students will be expected to complete an annual “Scholar Profile” and keep their contact information up to date.
- Scholarship awards are non-transferable. The student must attend the school to which he or she has applied.
- Knott Scholars are expected to attend annual events (service, networking, etc.) sponsored by the Knott Scholarship Funds Office.
All applications will be received through the application portal, which can be accessed via the APPLY button.