Scholarship Granting Organization offers $300,000 to eligible children

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The parent application process for acquiring school choice awards has been announced by the Indiana Department of Education. Parents seeking information on enrollment of a child in Catholic schools should contact the school principal.

The Scholarship Granting Organization of Northeast Indiana, (SGO) located at the Catholic Schools Office, will award $300,000 to 1,000 eligible kindergarten students of parents who meet income guidelines higher than those listed in the chart above. Any parent of a child entering kindergarten should contact the principal to complete a FACTS Grant in Aid Assessment form. Parents can complete a paper application form acquired from the principal or go online to www.factstuitionaid.com. Parents of kindergarten children should complete the application as accurately as possible. Each application will have to be accompanied by the parent’s federal income tax return, W-2 forms and supporting documentation for non-taxable income. Parents should allow 2-4 weeks for the processing. Faxed or copied applications will not be accepted. Parents should keep copies of all documents submitted. There is no SGO application deadline; however, most awards are expected to be prior to the first day of school.

SGO awards will be provided to eligible first grade students who have attended a public-school kindergarten last year as well. All students receiving SGO awards in kindergarten and those who attended a public-school kindergarten last year who plan to attend Catholic school first grades in 2011-2012 will qualify for a school choice scholarship (voucher) from grades 1-12 and 2-12. Elementary vouchers can equal up to as much as $4,500 per child applied to tuition and fees; high school vouchers could be awarded for as much as $6,400 depending on family income, household size and the location of the residence of the child. Vouchers may be awarded to each eligible child in the family who attended a public school in 2010-2011. Additional private foundation awards may provide additional tuition assistance to kindergarten students with SGO scholarships.

The Catholic Schools Office has set a target to admit 25 new eligible students in each building for the 2011-2012 academic year. Parents should enroll children as early as possible due to some space limitations in crowded schools.

Questions should be directed to the principal or Connie Bruner at the Catholic Schools Office, (260) 422-4611 ext. 3351 or e-mail cbruner@diocesefwsb.org. Principals have information about foundation awards that can supplement SGO awards in many schools.

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Posted on July 13, 2011, to: