The state’s scholarship fund to help lower-income families utilize non-public schools will be depleted before new students receive a boost, according to the board making award decisions.

The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today program, or BOOST, was at risk of budget cuts during the last legislative session after Gov. Wes Moore proposed phasing out the program. After legislative debate, and families rallying in Annapolis to keep the funding, the program received $9 million in appropriation for the 2023-2024 school year and the language phasing out the program was removed from the final budget.

Despite the elimination of the phase-out language, current trends and funding availability may indicate the program won’t grow.

During the July BOOST Advisory Board meeting, “extreme demand” for scholarships was revealed and the number of applicants hit new highs. According to the meeting, 7,036 applications for BOOST scholarships were received and it was determined 4,741 applicants were eligible.... Read More: FOX45