For more details about this program and to discover the benefits of contributing, contact:
Mr. James S. Bebla
Diocesan Secretary for Development
Phone: 570-207-2250, ext. 1070
The Mission of the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation is to provide tuition assistance to families who desire a Catholic education in Diocesan schools. One avenue to accomplish this is by working with the business community within the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton to participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC) offered by the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, scholarship monies are made available through the Bishop McCormick Endowment and the Academic Angel Program.
Academic Angel Program
The Academic Angel program allows individuals to support our students and families directly through the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation. Your contribution is an investment in a child’s future… the outcomes speak for themselves. Our schools offer our youth an instructional environment that challenges the mind, while inspiring and strengthening the spirit. Please click here for more information and be sure to indicate if you would like your gift restricted to a particular school or used where most needed, and if your gift is a memorial.
HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS HELP?
Pennsylvania Corporations may take advantage of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC) offered through the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), which allows businesses to make donations to eligible scholarship organizations such as the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation.
In August of 2012, the Commonwealth expanded the amount of funding available for scholarships through the existing EITC Program and created the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program.
The newly established OSTC Program is intended to enable eligible students residing within the boundaries of an underperforming school to either attend another public school outside of their district or attend a non-public school. This Program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an Opportunity Scholarship Organization.
Effective August 8, 2012, the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation was approved as an Opportunity Scholarship Organization and businesses now have the option of supporting both the OSTC and the EITC program for our Catholic school students and their families. The online application can be found at: www.newpa.org/ostc
THE EITC/OSTC PROCESS FOR APPROVAL:
1. Fill out the application on the DCED website above.
2. The business then receives a letter of approval from DCED for participation.
3. The business submits their monetary contribution within sixty days to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation.
4. The Diocese provides the business with an acknowledgement of the contribution.
5. The business submits the acknowledgement to DCED.
6. DCED communicates with the PA Department of Revenue and applicable credit is applied to business tax account. A notice is provided to the business.
7. Credit is applied as if paid at the beginning of the tax year.
8. The credit is taken as a payment of taxes on the businesses annual tax return filing.
This entire process must take no more than ninety days.
WHAT BUSINESSES QUALIFY?
Businesses that pay any of the following Pennsylvania State Taxes may apply for tax credits through the EITC/OSTC program:
- Corporate Net Income Tax
- Title Insurance Company Shares Tax
- Capital Stock and Franchise Tax
- Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
- Insurance Premiums Tax
- Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
- Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners.
- Malt Beverage Tax (Tax Reform Code Article XX)
- Tax credits can be distributed through more than one level of pass through entities, and new changes now include spousal participation
The generosity of the corporations who contribute to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation enables many families to exercise choice in the education of their children. Many parents desire that their children be educated in a strong academic environment where Catholic Faith is greatly enhanced. Unfortunately, financial stress eliminates this option for some. The support of corporate contributions through the EITC/OSTC program allows this choice to become a reality.
HOW ARE THE AWARDS MADE?
Families will be eligible for financial aid if their children are enrolled in a K-12 or Pre-K school in the Diocese of Scranton. State income guidelines set household income limits for the 2016-2017 school year at $76,350 with an income allowance of $15,270 for each additional dependent. Guidelines are subject to change.
The Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation awards needs based financial assistance. Private School Aid Service (PSAS), evaluates all applications. Using objective criteria, the applications are ranked according to need within each school.
HOW MANY FAMILIES RECEIVE ASSISTANCE?
Each year, more than 1000 families receive tuition awards from the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation which is funded primarily from business contributions under the EITC and OSTC programs.
HOW DOES THE TAX CREDIT PROGRAM WORK?
Grades K through 12: A tax credit of 75% of Pennsylvania State Taxes is granted for a one year commitment. A 90% tax credit is granted for a two year commitment. The maximum is $750,000 per year per corporation. All donations up to the maximum amount are accepted.
Pre-K: A tax credit of 100% for the first $10,000 of contribution to an eligible organization is granted to a corporation regardless of the number of years applied for. A 90% tax credit is granted for the remaining contribution up to a maximum of $200,000 per corporation.
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. commends all those who have contributed through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program: “We are grateful to all those who make a financial investment in Catholic education through support of scholarships,” said Bishop Bambera. “There is a cost to providing an outstanding education within the teachings of the Catholic Church. We are grateful for friends who help us make Catholic education an affordable option for our families. As pleased as we are for current support and all it does, we realize that this generous funding does not meet the needs of all our families. This is a great opportunity for nearly every business to make a difference in our schools and the next generation’s education.”
Your contribution to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation will enable more families to take advantage of Catholic Education. In doing so, you may take pride in knowing that your company has made a contribution that has helped many families and their children in such a positive way.