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
  • 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, you 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 toattend.
  • 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.

4. Once the parent applies, we will notify the principal that they have an application pending. It is 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 2020-2021 School Year

GEOGRAPHY
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
  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Carroll County
  • Frederick County
  • Harford County
  • Howard County

AGE
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.

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

TEST SCORES
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:

1. 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 95 th percentile.
  • Students who do not take the HSPT or earn a CMP at or below the 94 th percentile will not be considered for the Knott Scholarship.

2. The SCANTRON Performance Series Test

  • Students attending an Archdiocesan elementary school will take this test during the normal school day in January 2021. The January 2021 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 SCANTRON test parents may contact the admissions/enrollment department of any high school they are interested in having their child attend. Alternatively, contact this office for a list of high schools what will administer the test. Please let the high school know your child will be testing for a Knott Scholarship. There will be a fee of $25, payable to the host school, for test administration. Regardless of where the student takes the SCANTRON Performance Test, the student must have at least a 94 th percentile composite score or above in all the following areas:
        • Reading
        • Mathematics
        • Language

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:

a. 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
application.

b. 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.

c. Retesting is not available for students not attending an Archdiocesan school. Students
who miss a SCANTRON test for which they register privately will have to re-register for
an alternative date.

GRADES
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)
  • 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. Proof of admission to a Catholic high school must be included in the Knott Scholarshipapplication 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.

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 (see link below under “HOW TO APPLY”).

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 secondary 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 be accepted to attend Catholic high school in designated counties in the Archdiocese of Baltimore
_______ Minimum Composite Score in the 94 th percentile for the SCANTRON test
_______ Minimum 95 th percentile for the HSPT 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 40 th Anniversary Celebration of the Knott Scholarship Funds to be held on April 25, 2021, in Baltimore, to be officially recognized.

Additional details to follow.

All applications will be received through the application portal, which can be accessed HERE