Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Dec. 13 that he will double funding for the Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) program to a total of $10 million over the next three years.

The program provides scholarships for low-income students in areas with under-performing schools to attend non-public schools, giving them the opportunity for a better education.

Gov. Hogan made the announcement during a visit with students, parents and faculty at the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, a private Jewish School in Baltimore. Several BOOST recipients currently attend Bais Yaakov.

“Our administration has made education our number one priority, and we are working hard to ensure that every single child in Maryland is given the chance for a great education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in,” said Gov. Hogan. “Today, I am pleased to announce that this year, we will again be funding the BOOST program, and we will be doubling the total funding over the next three years to $10 million in scholarships by Fiscal Year 2020.”

In partnership with the Maryland General Assembly, Gov. Hogan last year dedicated $5 million in BOOST scholarships for low-income students to attend non-public schools. A BOOST advisory board met eight times over the summer to determine criteria for eligible students and schools, as well as the amounts of each scholarship. More than 5,000 applications were submitted to a statewide application process and more than 3,000 of those applications deemed eligible.

During his visit, Bais Yaakov students and school representatives thanked the governor for his support of BOOST funding.