The application cycle for the 2019-20 school year is open. If you are a returning family, please remember to submit your renewal application. To access the family portal click here
First Time Applicants
Families applying for the first time should create a family account. Once the account is created and you have verified your email address you will then be able to fill out your scholarship application. Applying for the scholarship is a completely separate process from applying to the private school of your choice. We advise families to submit their private school applications early. Please click here to view the participating private schools affiliated with our program.
Apply at an Event
Families who submit applications at an OSP event will have their applications reviewed by an OSP team member. Our team hosts several events between October and April at community recreation centers, public libraries, and economic service administration centers.Event Calendar
Who is Eligible for a Scholarship?
- Children who are eligible for a D.C. Opportunity Scholarship must be current D.C. residents
- Be 5 years or entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming school year
- Be either recipients of SNAP benefits (food stamps) OR meet income guidelines: at or below 185% of the income threshold for first time applicants or 300% of the income threshold for renewing families.
After Submitting the Online Application
Once you submit an application you will need to provide documentation to prove DC residency, and financials in the family portal. View our checklist to learn what documents are accepted. Parents/guardians who have confirmed application submissions will begin to receive notification of the status of their student’s application documents. This process may take several weeks to complete, depending on the type of documents you submit.
My Application is Complete
Once you receive notification that all your documents submitted through the family portal are accepted, we will notify you of your eligibility status. For first time applications you will be entered into a lottery if more students apply than slots available or scholarship funds available. For returning applicants your eligibility notice will provide details on the next step.
For first time applicants, scholarships may be awarded by a lottery. If a lottery is necessary, Serving Our Children will host two lotteries, one in early February, and another in April. SOC will notify parents/guardians of the awards. All documents must be received and approved to be entered into either lottery. The lotteries are conducted by student, not by family. Students entered into the 1st or 2nd lottery but not selected for a scholarship will be placed on a wait list. Students who entered the 1st lottery but are not awarded a scholarship will NOT be entered into the 2nd lottery. If additional awards are available, students will be selected from the waitlist.
Using a Scholarship
The scholarship awards up to $13,287 for high school and up to $8,857 for elementary and middle schools. Scholarships can be used for tuition, uniforms, transportation, and other school related items. To learn more on using your scholarship, visit How it Works page.