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We do not offer an opportunity for families to apply directly to Bridge Educational Foundation for a scholarship. Please contact the private school(s) where your child(ren) hope to enroll to inquire about scholarship opportunities. Be sure to encourage your school to make a scholarship request to Bridge on behalf of the school families.
Yes. Eligible students are school age residents of Pennsylvania and enrolled in a school located in the Commonwealth.
The student must be a member of a household with an annual household income of no more than $88,036, except that an additional income allowance of $15,608 is permitted for the student and for each other dependent (as defined by the IRS) living within the same household.
The DCED does not allow any gray area. If the family's AGI is even $1.00 over the guideline, then the family does not qualify. Bridge Educational Foundation must look at the income for the proper tax year no matter if the family's income or situation has changed since then.
The DCED requires foundations to verify the income for ALL adults living in the household for the appropriate tax year. Bridge Educational Foundation must obtain a tax return for all adults living in the household—significant others, grandparents, children who live with the family who are no longer claimed as dependents, etc.
Another way that Bridge Educational Foundation can verify the household income is to ask applying families to attest to any income that entered the house during the appropriate tax year in a letter that they must sign in front of a notary public.
The amount of a scholarship paid to a student may not exceed the actual amount of tuition charged by the school in which the student is enrolled, nor exceed the actual amount of tuition charged by the school to non-scholarship students.
Please take the time to visit The Department of Community and Economic Development's homepage. It provides information on the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and other scholarship organizations that work within the EITC Program. Under the topic of EITC, there is a form that you can download called Scholarship Organization List that will list all of the other organizations that may be able to assist your family.