SAVE THE DATE: 2018-2019 Tools for Success Scholarship season opens April 1, 2018!

Tools for Success Scholarship

Who's Eligible?

Qualified applicants for the 2018-2019 academic year must be 

  • school aged students in grades four (4) through college (age 26)
  • carry at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative) or equivalent
  • reside in or stem from a single parent household in Anne Arundel, Prince George's County, MD, Baltimore Couny, and Baltimore City
  • meet household income qualifications
  •  submit a completed application

How Do I Apply?


Step I

Complete the application for the 2018-2019 academic year, which includes an grade appropriate typed essay. Download the application at the bottom of this page.

The following documentation is required during the application process.


  • Proof of residence - state issued ID and copy of a recent utility bill (electric, gas, water, or  phone; cell phone bills are acceptable). If utilities are included in the monthly rent, a copy of your lease is acceptable.
  • Proof of income – **NEW** Completed Income Verification Form (must be completed by school counselor, administrator, or authorized agency/organization personnel)


  • Proof of academic level/GPA* – last two most recent report cards for fourth through 12th grade (ex: if application is submitted in May 2018, provide copies of the last two report cards, which would be second and third semester) OR copy of transcript for college students. *Cumulative GPA is used in determining the student's GPA

Step II

Mail completed/signed application, typed essay, copy of proof of residence, copy of proof of income, and copies of last two report cards or transcripts to:

Attn: Scholarships
PO Box 787
Gambrills, MD 21054-0787 

*The postmark date is considered the application submission date. 

What Can I Expect Next?


All submissions will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. The committee will verify eligibility and after reading each essay, the team will select and notify the top five (5) to 10 applicants by mail. If needed, this process will repeat until the committee has five (5) to 10 fully verified applicants.  

Once scholarship recipients are chosen he or she will be awarded one-half of the grant prior to the start of school to be disbursed in the form of a check to the college, school supplies, uniforms, sports and academic club registration fees, or a combination of these award options. The second half of the scholarship will be disbursed once the Scholarship Committee receives required documentation that the student either maintained or exceeded the 2.5 GPA (cumulative) or equivalent requirement as well as submits the Letter of Recommendation. The disbursement will be in the same form of a check made payable to the college, school supplies, uniforms, sports and academic club registration fees, or a combination of these payout options.

Therefore, each awardee is required to submit a copy of his or her report card, or posted grades and cumulative GPA for college students, in addition to a recommendation (see FAQs below) via email to For fourth (4th) through 12th grade students, this information is due at the end of the second semester once report cards have been distributed. For college students, this information is due at the end of the Fall semester. If this documentation is not provided or if the student fails to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, the remaining monies are forfeited. Be sure to format the subject line as follows: Full last name, First initial of the first name, Recommendation/Grades. (i.e. Smith, J., Recommendation/Grades). If you choose to mail this information, you may do so to

Attn: Scholarships
PO Box 787
Gambrills, MD 21054-0787

For the second disbursement, the report cards or transcripts MUST be received by IT TAKES TWO, INC within 3 weeks of receipt from the school system/college or university.

What Can I Use the Money For?

 Scholarship funding is strictly for educational purposes. Monies can be used to purchase school supplies, uniforms, books, and to pay for extracurricular activities such as sports and academic club fees.

What is the scholarship award amount?


Awards range from $200-$500 depending on the grade level.

Elementary school and middle school recipients receive between $200-$250.

High school recipients receive between $250-$350.

College recipients receive between $400-$500.

Scholarship FAQs

When can I apply for the scholarship?

The scholarship season is April 1 - July 1 annually.

What is the deadline to apply?

July 1 annually.

When will recipients be notified?

Announcements are made August 1 via email.

What is the recommendation that must be submitted for the second disbursement?

This is a letter of explanation from a professional academic source: teacher, principal, or guidance counselor. A recommendation from a sports head coach is acceptable, but must be accompanied by a recommendation from a professional academic source. The recommendation must detail why the student should receive the remaining scholarship award. 

Can I still submit an application for consideration after the submission deadline?

Once the submission deadline (July 1) has passed, no applications will be accepted until the next scholarship season (April 1 of the following year).

How often are scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded once an academic year in two even disbursements. The scholarship season is April 1 through July 1 of the current year. 

How is the award paid?

The disbursement will be in the form of a check made payable to the college/university, school supplies, uniforms, sports and academic club registration fees, or a combination of these payout options.