Scholarship Granting Organizations
You may begin to hear more about – or hear directly from – Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGO). Families will apply for tax credit scholarships directly with these organizations, and the SGOs will be responsible for processing applications and distributing scholarships to eligible students.
There are eight approved SGOs in Illinois. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with two SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. We are encouraging individuals and corporations interested in receiving a tax credit through this program to donate funds to these SGOs and designate those funds for students in Archdiocesan Catholic schools. As a reminder, school families are free to apply for scholarships through multiple SGOs.
The application process with Big Shoulders Fund will be completed online at www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org. The application process will openMonday, January 22, 2018.
The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at www.empowerillinois.org. The application process will openWednesday, January 24, 2018.