Jon Peterson Scholarship

For those families who have had a child diagnosed with a recognized disability, the Jon Peterson scholarship may be an appropriate alternative to public education. The basic purpose of this Ohio Department of Education program is to provide scholarship money to families to fund private intervention services for the direct support of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals.


Jon Peterson Scholarship Program


Before pursuing the use of the Jon Peterson scholarship, know this;

1. Your student must have an active Individualized Education Plan (or in progress).
2. Your child must withdraw from the public school system. 

Typical schooling options for students using the Jon Peterson scholarships; home school or private school.


How to apply for the JPSN Scholarship program:

1. Complete a multi-factored evaluation with your public school – If the evaluation determines your student is eligible, complete an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
2. Contact Us for a Jon Peterson Application
3. Return the completed form to us ALONG with a proof of address document e.g. Water bill or Electric bill.
4. Your public school district will review your child’s record for eligibility.
5. The Ohio Dept of Education will award scholarships based on availability.
6. Final Step: Family “accepts” or “declines” the scholarship.

Jon Peterson Scholarship Categories:
1 = Speech Only
2 = Specific Learning Disability, Cognitive Disabilities
3 = Hearing Impaired
4 = Visual Impairment
5= Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment
6 = Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Vision and Hearing Impaired

 Cincinnati Reading Center is an approved JPSN Provider. If your child is already enrolled in the JPSN program and his/her IEP includes goals related to reading, spelling, language comprehension, handwriting, writing, and/or mathematics, we can help.

If your child is not enrolled in the JPSN scholarship program and you would like more information about this program, Contact Us and we’d be happy to assist you.

The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship web page on the ODE web site contains additional information about this scholarship program.


Jon Peterson Application Deadlines:
As of the 2017-2018 school year, application deadlines have been eliminated. Any eligible student can now apply for the Jon Peterson Scholarship any time during the school year. Scholarships awarded after the school year commences will be prorated. In general, scholarships starting January 1st will be prorated to 50% of the scholarship amount.