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Twelve diocesan schools can receive $15,000 in scholarships from your donation and matching donor

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Your donation also gives you 75 percent tax credit

Student demand for Illinois’ tax credit scholarships is at an all-time high. This school year, 481 students in 30 schools across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois received a scholarship to attend Catholic school thanks to $1,485,527 in generous donations.

08 23 2020 return to school st patrick teacher maskedThe tax credit scholarship program, part of Illinois’ Invest in Kids Act, is a win-win-win. The first win is for the students, who despite financial hardships, can now attend Catholic schools, be surrounded by positive and holy values, and receive a higher academic experience. The second win is for the schools, who now have these students in their classrooms. The third win is for donors, who receive a 75 percent state income credit on their donation.

Now, an additional win is available for 12 schools in our diocese thanks to a generous Catholic couple from Chicago, who have generously committed to match dollar for dollar what is donated to these schools through Empower Illinois up to $15,000 per school! Donors must get their donation in by March 31.

The 12 schools are:

  1. Quincy Notre Dame High School (Quincy)
  2. St. Peter School (Quincy)
  3. Routt Catholic High School (Jacksonville)
  4. St. Patrick Catholic School (Springfield)
  5. St. Francis/Holy Ghost School (Jerseyville)
  6. Our Lady of Lourdes School (Decatur)
  7. St. Patrick School (Decatur)
  8. Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (Springfield)
  9. Blessed Sacrament School (Springfield)
  10. St. Ambrose School (Godfrey)
  11. Ss. Peter and Paul School (Collinsville)
  12. St. Mary School (Taylorville)

These schools were selected by the Diocese of Springfield and Empower Illinois for participation in the match.

“Matching gifts are a great opportunity to grow community involvement and support a greater number of students,” said Empower Illinois Regional Director, Bobby Sylvester. “We are excited to announce that more schools than ever are eligible to participate in this year’s Schreiber Match.”

Again, donations must be made to the school through Empower Illinois before March 31 to be eligible for the match. Go to empowerillinois.org and click on donate. This page will walk you through what you must do to make a donation and to ensure you receive a tax credit. If you need help with the donation process, please contact Empower Illinois’ Donor Helpline at or call (800) 616-7606. Note, donors need an account on mytax.illinois.gov before applying for a tax credit, and this can take up to 10 days and involves a mailed letter containing your account pin, so act sooner rather than later.

If your school is not on this list, you can still receive a 75 percent tax credit and your school and students still receive the major benefit of your generosity. For example, if an individual donor contributes $1,000, he or she will receive a state tax credit of $750. Individual donors can direct their donations to a school or subset of schools of their choice.

For applicants seeking a scholarship for next school year, visit empowerillinois.org.

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