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Chicago, Illinois–Empower Illinois is excited to share two generous donors are sponsoring a scholarship donation match for eligible Catholic schools in central and southern Illinois. Gifts made through Empower Illinois for the Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program at eligible schools will be doubled up to $10,000.

“Matching gift opportunities spark greater community involvement and result in extremely successful school-based fundraising for tax credit scholarships,” said Anthony Holter, Empower Illinois President. “We are proud to offer this opportunity to more schools this year than ever before.”

Illinois’ bipartisan Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program provides need-based scholarships to kids from low-income and working-class families to attend their best-fit school. Program donors earn a 75% state tax credit on their gift. For example, if an individual donor contributes $1,000, they will receive a state tax credit of $750. Donors can also direct their donations to a school of their choice. Since 2018, the Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program has awarded more than 28,000 scholarships totaling more than $250 million.

Donations must be made before April 15 or when the cap is met at your select school to be eligible for the match. For more information on how to donate visit or call 800-616-7606.

The full list of schools eligible for the $10,000 match are:

Carroll Catholic School – Lincoln

Central Catholic High School – Bloomington

Corpus Christi Catholic School – Bloomington

Epiphany School – Normal

Holy Cross School – Champaign

Schlarman Academy – Danville

St Malachy – Rantoul

St Mary School – Bloomington

St Mary School – Pontiac

St Mary’s School – Metamora

St Matthew’s School – Champaign

St Paul School – Odell

St Thomas School – Philo

The High School of St Thomas More – Champaign

Blessed Sacrament – Springfield

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School – Quincy

Christ the King – Springfield

Little Flower School – Springfield

Our Lady of Lourdes – Decatur

Our Saviour – Jacksonville

Quincy Notre Dame High School – Quincy

Routt Catholic High School – Jacksonville

Sacred Heart/Griffin High School – Springfield

St Agnes School – Springfield

St Aloysius School – Springfield

St Dominic School – Quincy

St Francis/Holy Ghost School – Jerseyville

St Francis Solanus – Quincy

St John the Evangelist School – Carrollton

St Mary School – Mount Sterling

St Patrick Elem – Decatur

St Patrick Grade School – Springfield

St Peter School – Quincy

St Teresa High School – Decatur

St Mary School – Taylorville

All Saints Academy – Breese

Althoff Catholic High School – Belleville

Blessed Sacrament – Belleville

Gibault High School – Waterloo

Holy Childhood School – Mascoutah

Holy Trinity Catholic School – Fairview Heights

Immaculate Conception – Columbia

Mater Dei High School – Breese

Notre Dame Academy – Belleville

Our Lady Mt Carmel School – Herrin

Our Lady Queen of Peace – Belleville

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School – East St. Louis

St Andrews School – Murphysboro

St Ann Elementary School – Nashville

St Bruno – Pinckneyville

St Clare Catholic School – O Fallon

St James Catholic School – Millstadt

St John the Baptist – Red Bud

St John the Baptist – West Frankfort

St John the Baptist Catholic – Smithton

St Joseph Grade School – Olney

St Joseph School – Freeburg

St Mary’s – Mount Vernon

St Mary School – Chester

St Mary School – Centralia

St Mary School – Mount Carmel

St Peter and Paul School – Waterloo

St Teresa – Belleville




About Empower Illinois

Empower Illinois is a statewide education policy nonprofit and Scholarship Granting Organization created to serve Illinois’ children through the state’s tax credit scholarship program. Empower Illinois’ mission is to expand quality education options for low-income and working-class families of Illinois. Illinois’ Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program was created in 2017 to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household income or ZIP Code. Empower Illinois serves as a conduit for processing donations, scholarship awards and program compliance for approximately 91 percent of all recognized private schools in Illinois.




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