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58 Schools Eligible for $10,000 Each


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 Tax Credit Scholarship Program at eligible schools will be doubled up to $10,000.

“Matching gift opportunities inspire greater giving within local communities and help even more students find their best-fit school,” said Anthony Holter, Empower Illinois President. “With five kids remaining on the waitlist for every one scholarship awarded, we look forward to working with our school partners and generous Illinoisans to meet more of this tremendous demand for tax credit scholarships.”

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 Tax Credit Scholarship Program has awarded more than 38,000 scholarships totaling more than $308 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. More information about matching gift opportunities can be found at

Eligible schools for the $10,000 match
  • Althoff Catholic High School – Belleville
  • Blessed Sacrament – Belleville
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic School – Quincy
  • Blessed Sacrament School – Springfield
  • Carroll Catholic School – Lincoln
  • Christ the King – Springfield
  • Corpus Christi Catholic School – Bloomington
  • Epiphany School – Normal
  • Father McGivney Catholic High School – Glen Carbon
  • Gibault High School – Waterloo
  • Holy Childhood School – Mascoutah
  • Holy Cross School – Champaign
  • Holy Family School – Decatur
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School – Fairview Heights
  • Little Flower School – Springfield
  • Mater Dei High School – Breese
  • Notre Dame Academy – Belleville
  • Our Lady Mt. Carmel School – Herrin
  • Our Lady of Lourdes – Decatur
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace – Belleville
  • Our Saviour – Jacksonville
  • Quincy Notre Dame High School – Quincy
  • Sacred Heart/Griffin High School – Springfield
  • Schlarman Academy – Danville
  • Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School – East St. Louis
  • St. Agnes School – Springfield
  • St. Aloysius School – Springfield
  • St. Andrews School – Murphysboro
  • St. Ann Elementary School – Nashville
  • St. Bruno – Pinckneyville
  • St. Clare Catholic School – O’Fallon
  • St. Dominic School – Quincy
  • St. Francis Solanus – Quincy
  • St. Francis/Holy Ghost School – Jerseyville
  • St. James Catholic School – Millstadt
  • St. John the Baptist – Red Bud
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic – Smithton
  • St. Joseph Grade School – Olney
  • St. Joseph School – Freeburg
  • St. Louis Catholic School – Nokomis
  • St. Malachy – Rantoul
  • St. Mary School – Bloomington
  • St. Mary School – Centralia
  • St. Mary School – Mount Carmel
  • St. Mary School – Mount Sterling
  • St. Mary School – Pontiac
  • St. Mary School – Taylorville
  • St. Mary’s – Mount Vernon
  • St. Mary’s School – Metamora
  • St. Matthew’s School – Champaign
  • St. Patrick Elem – Decatur
  • St. Patrick Grade School – Springfield
  • St. Peter and Paul School – Waterloo
  • St. Peter School – Quincy
  • St. Teresa – Belleville
  • St. Teresa High School – Decatur
  • St. Thomas – Newton
  • St. Thomas School – Philo



About Empower Illinois

Empower Illinois is a statewide education policy nonprofit and Scholarship Granting Organization formed 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. Illinois’ Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program was created in 2017 to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household income or ZIP Code. Empower Illinois partners with approximately 91 percent of all recognized non-public schools in Illinois to support schools in their tax credit scholarship fundraising efforts, while assisting students and their families through the scholarship process. Empower Illinois’ scholarships, policy work, and advocacy provide families with options to help their children find success in their best-fit school.




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