Acquire scholarships for private K-12 schools by completing a needs-based application, according to Private Schools. Inquire directly with a school to get information on the scholarship and voucher programs that it may offer to pay for tuition. Most private school scholarships pay only a portion of the tuition.
Contact the Children's Scholarship Fund for information concerning available tuition assistance for low-income families, notes Private Schools. The Children's Scholarship Fund provides money for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to attend private schools, including Montessori and religious institutions. As of 2016, this fund offers scholarships that average $1,250 to $1,500, and usually requires families to contribute $500 or 25 percent of tuition, whichever is greater. The Children's Scholarship Fund receives over a million applications per year, and only awards funds to approximately 2 percent of those who apply. The fund provides matching grants for numerous local programs around the country, including KidsFirst Scholarship of Minnesota, the Southern California Children's Scholarship Fund and the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers scholarship programs for students in high school, college and graduate school, states Private Schools. The foundation's Young Scholars Program gives assistance to outstanding high school students from low- to moderate-income families. Funding is available for art and music instruction, summer programs, and computers and other learning tools. The program selects roughly 75 students each year.