YES Fund for Kids

Empowerment Scholarship

If you have a child with special needs and you are seeking additional education choices, this may be a better option for your child. The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program was established by the Arizona Department of Education to provide alternative educational choices to students and parents.  Please Note that if a student has an ESA, they may not receive a scholarship from a school tuition organization (STO) pursuant to title 43 A.R.S. 15-2402. For more information regarding an ESA, please visit the Arizona Department of Education.

Tax Credit Funds currently unavailable for this type of scholarship

Scholarship Guidelines:

  • The student must reside in Arizona and be eligible for an STO scholarship.
  • For K*-12th grade students and preschool students with disabilities. *See Kinder age requirement on under Original Scholarships page.
  • A new student scholarship application must be submitted each academic school year.
  • The sum of a student's D/D scholarships is limited to 90% of state aid or cost of tuition, whichever is less.
  • The scholarship can cover the current academic school year tuition only.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the availability of Corporate funds contributed to YES Fund for Kids.
  • Application accepted March 1 through January 31.
Disabled/Displaced Corporate Scholarship Award Demographics
Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2016

Household Income up to 185% of poverty level$29,227
Household Income from 185% of poverty level to 342.25% of poverty level$30,398

Scholarship Prerequisites:

  Student must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • The student has a MET or IEP from an Arizona public school (for preschool and grades K-12); OR
  • The student has a 504 plan from an Arizona public school (for grades K-12 only); OR
  • The student was placed at one time in the Arizona foster care system (for grades K-12 only and be verified with the Arizona Department of Economic Security).

Disabled/Displaced Corporate Scholarship