Montessori Scholarship Organization (MSO) was established in 2000, thanks to the Arizona Individual Tax Credit Program. Montessori Scholarship Organization is a non-profit organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS tax code and a certified, state-approved school tuition organization (STO).  Arizona has provided taxpayers with a wonderful opportunity and the best part?


Montessori Scholarship Organization (MSO) promotes Montessori education by providing tuition assistance (Scholarship Program) to students age five and older in private schools in Arizona through individual tax credit contributions (Tax Credit Program).  Arizona taxpayers have the opportunity to make contributions to school tuition organizations that reduce the amount of tax owed to the state dollar-for-dollar and in the process direct your Arizona tax dollars directly to education.

From our first year of operations, the generosity of local contributors have allowed us to continually increase funding to local schools, offering parents a choice to obtain the best type of education for their child.


MSO is committed to allocating a minimum of 90% of the annual revenues for scholarships and grants to children attending private schools owned and operated in the State of Arizona.

  1. A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of donor recommendation.
  2. A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent.

Current Participating schools include:

Arrowhead Montessori Community Montessori SchoolDesert Shadows Montessori Heritage MontessoriMesa MontessoriMontessori Center School Montessori Children’s House Montessori Preparatory Academy Spirit of Hope Montessori