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Bryce's Law

Bryce’s Law (Section 161.825 RSMo) establishes a process for charitable organizations to become scholarship granting organizations for issuing scholarships to individuals, birth to age 21, diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, Angelman syndrome, dyslexia or cerebral palsy.  Entities interested in becoming a scholarship granting organization should review the rules published on the Secretary of State’s website

The rules are effective as of May 30, 2014.  In order to have the scholarships available for the 2014-15 school year, the initial administrative processes should be started now.  We will adhere to regulatory deadlines in subsequent years.  If after reviewing the regulations you have questions, please send them to:  Bryceslaw@dese.mo.gov

Report timeline

Scholarship Organizations must submit report to DESE as indicated on the following schedule:​

  • February 1: Report to donors from prior year
  • April 1: Scholarship granting organization surveys parents
  • May 1: Commissioner determines the number of scholarships for following year
  • June 1: Scholarship granting organization annual public report due  
  • August 1: Assurance statement due to DESE
  • August 1: Scholarship granting organizations demonstrate financial accountability by submitting a financial report prepared by a CPA and certification from an auditor that the financial report is free from material misstatements
  • August 1: Scholarship granting organization willing to receive donations more than $50,000 demonstrate financial stability by filing a surety bond or financial information

Other Reports

​Related Forms

Supporting Organizations

  • Scholarship Granting Organizations
    • At this time there are no scholarship granting organizations.
  • Approved as of May 2015

Individuals interested in receiving scholarships should contact the scholarship granting organizations.

Maximum Number of Scholarships for the 2018-19 school year


Children to Age 5

Children Age 6 to 21

Angleman Syndrome






Cerebral Palsy





Down Syndrome







Additional Autism Resources