EMPOWER Illinois: Invest in Kids Scholarship

Q: When can I apply for the Invest in Kids Scholarship at EmpowerIllinois.org?
A: You can apply beginning Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Q: Is this different from the Tax Credit Scholarship in Illinois or the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship?
A: No – these names have all been used interchangeably.

Q: How do I receive the tax credit?
A: Individuals and corporations donating to the scholarship fund through EmpowerIllinois.org are the recipients of the tax credits. If you are interested in the 75% Illinois state tax credit available to donors, please contact Susan Knapp, Director of Development at Peoria Notre Dame at s.knapp@pndhs.org or (309) 691-8741 for more information.

Q: Can I get help completing the application for the Invest in Kids Scholarship if I need it?
A: Yes. Peoria Notre Dame staff will be available all day on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 to assist families in completing the application process. We will have Spanish-speaking assistance available.

Q: What will I need to apply for the Invest in Kids Scholarship?
A: You can begin preparing for the application process by gathering the required documents:

  • Copy of 2016 federal tax return, 1099, W-2 or year-end pay stubs.
  • Verification of Illinois residence (utility bill, driver’s license etc.).
  • Documentation of student age (birth certificate, federal/state ID or passport).
  • Student’s prior semester report card.
  • If available, letter of acceptance or enrollment at an eligible school.

Q: If I apply for the Invest in Kids Scholarship do I still need to apply for financial assistance using FACTS like I have done in previous years?
A: YES. We encourage you to apply for BOTH Peoria Notre Dame financial assistance using FACTS for Financial Assistance (which includes the PND Summer Work Program and John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship) AND the Invest in Kids scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year. Even if you have never received a Peoria Notre Dame financial assistance award or a John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship, you may still qualify for the Invest in Kids scholarship.

Q: Still need more information on applying for the Invest in Kids Scholarship?
A: To learn more, you can also visit cdop.org/why-choose-catholic-schools/tax-credit-scholarships/ or simply visit the Diocesan website at cdop.org and select Catholic Education. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Theresa Geers (t.geers@pndhs.org) or Shelly Ice (s.ice@pndhs.org). We can both be reached at (309)691-8741. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

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