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In order to consider your families for an EITC scholarship, we require a formal request statement from a school official on behalf of eligible families.
You are required to read over our Policies and Procedures carefully, and then submit your formal request statement to Bridge Educational Foundation. Please note that there are two scholarship Programs within our Foundation: Pre-Kindergarten and K-12. Please designate for which Program you are requesting tuition assistance. Schools may submit their formal request statement any time during the year.
Each year, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program becomes increasingly competitive, and many donors who wish to participate are unable to because of the lack of available tax credits. Our Foundation's annual revenue stream is uncertain as each year we are unsure which donors will be approved for tax credits. As a Foundation, we fundraise throughout the year. Our fundraising cycle does not, however, correspond evenly with the school year. Until we receive the donations from the donor companies, we are unable to commit scholarships anywhere. For this reason, we take requests from families and school officials and then create a Request List.
Upon receipt of the completed request statement, Bridge Educational Foundation will add your request to our list and as scholarship funds become available, we will notify our Scholarship Approval Committee of your request. At that time, the Committee will review your request and determine if scholarship funds will be made available. Please remember that your formal statement will only serve as a request for scholarship assistance. If the Committee determines an award amount for your families, Bridge Educational Foundation will contact you to begin the application process. Please note that donations come to us year-round, so we are unable to predict if we will have an answer to your request.
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 $76,350, except that an additional income allowance of $15,270 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 that live with the family that 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.