about our scholarship programOpen Montessori Initiative (OMI) was created in June 2007 to provide financial aid scholarships to families in the Montessori community. The purpose of the financial aid scholarship program is to:
1. Maintain current families in the Montessori school community who have demonstrated a commitment to the Montessori Approach.
2. Encourage new families to attend Montessori schools, bringing gender and age balance to the growing community.
3. Promote demographic, socio-economic, and geographic diversity within the Montessori community.
Financial aid awards are based on demonstrated need and fulfillment of the purpose of the scholarship program. The eligibility for financial aid is based on eligibility of the school, acceptance of enrollment to applied school, and a needs analysis of the information concerning taxable income, assets, and expenses indicated on a completed standard application form.
It is OMI's intention to help supplement a child's tuition, not be the sole source of funding for a child. Each scholarship will be determined by 1) need per applicant, 2) number of applicants per scholarship cycle, and 3) funds available per scholarship cycle. OMI exists to work with families who desire a Montessori education for their children and are looking for funding to attend Montessori schools.
It is the preference of OMI, though not a requirement, that the following occur:
a. An applicant’s school pledges to match OMI funds for each applicant
b. An applicant first seeks to obtain financial assistance through the school’s financial aid program before submitting an application with OMI.
Please download the School Criterion Policy HERE (updated Jan2013)
PROCEDUREEach accepted application will be processed through the National Association of Independent Schools' School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). The SSS is the best-known and most widely-used tool for schools that want to offer and manage financial aid programs equitably and professionally. It provides administrators with an objective assessment of what families can pay for independent education.
Because the demand for financial aid by qualified applicants often exceeds available funds, the OMI Scholarship Committee determines the percentage of need which will be granted based on the recommendations from the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS).
Since the determination of the award is based on the analysis of the information submitted concerning the family’s ability to pay school fees, it is important to have the current and accurate information about the family’s income and assets. This information is kept in the strictest confidence and is reviewed by OMI’s accountant and the Scholarship Committee only.
Any information submitted for consideration can be returned to you upon request to the committee. If parents are separated or divorced, it is important that both parties submit a financial statement. Generally, it is expected that both parents will contribute to their child’s educational expenses.
Application forms for financial aid scholarships are received, processed, and approved according to the current award cycle, receipt of complete application, and availability of funds. We anticipate sending letters awarding scholarships within six to eight weeks of the February 1st deadline and the July 1st deadline.
There is a $39 fee payable to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid when submitting your financial information and a $20 per child fee* payable to OMI when you submit your application.
Please click here to fill out your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) for the 2011-12 school year with the School and Student Services for Financial Aid. You will need to include our school code: 4926.
It is imperative that when you are filling out section B, part 5 that you put Clackamas County Oregon in the field when prompted so that OMI appears as a 'school' to whom you may send/process your data.
At this time OMI does not provide a waiver for the $20 application fee. We encourage parents to check with their school for support in this matter.
For more information on the SSS and their services, please visit their website.
You may download a Scholarship Application HERE (updated 1/21/13)
OMI GRANT SCHEDULE
First Cycle (Fall admission) – Deadline is February 1st of application year
Applications accepted from July 2nd to close of business (5:00 pm PST) on February 1st
Second Cycle (Winter admission) – Deadline is July 1st of application year
Applications accepted from February 2nd to close of business (5:00 pm PST) on July 1st
All applications must be postmarked by the application deadline even if the deadline falls on a Sunday or Federal holiday.
If you have any questions about this process, please e-mail OMI at:
A complete scholarship packet will contain, in the following order:
- $20.00 Application Fee payable to ‘Open Montessori Initiative’ *
- Complete and signed application summary form (page 1)
- Complete and signed application form (pages 4 through 10)
- Copy of letter of acceptance from school for which you are seeking financial aid (provided by the school on official school letterhead)
- Photocopy of IRS Form 1040 (only page 1 is necessary)
- Receipt of payment for completed PFS form from the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS)
* Sorry, the $20 application fee is non-refundable.
Any application missing any of the information above may be considered incomplete and denied. All applications must be received by the deadline for the current cycle in order to be considered. Again, this is a postmark deadline.