Parents of Greene County children attending approved pre-kindergarten programs may apply for a scholarship to help with tuition costs.
The Community Foundation of Greene County is accepting pre-kindergarten scholarship applications for the 2017/2018 school year. According to Bettie Stammerjohn, executive director of the Foundation, the Greene County EITC Pre-K Scholarship program provides children and families with an opportunity to participate in a quality Pre-K program which gives children a good start toward being successful in school and beyond.
The Pre-K scholarships are made possible by contributions to the Community Foundation of Greene County from businesses participating in the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).
EITC Pre-K Sponsors for 2017/2018 are First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County, and Highmark.
“We are pleased to partner with our EITC sponsors this year to provide these educational opportunities for families in our community,” said Dr. Morris Harper, chairman of the CFGC board of directors. “This scholarship opportunity offsets the cost of tuition to help make pre-kindergarten programs more affordable, even for middle income families.”
Families may apply for a scholarship which is paid directly to an approved preschool provider or private school to help offset tuition for the child.
The deadline for applications is August 21st to be considered for a scholarship for the 2017/2018 school year.
Application forms are available on the CFGC website at http://www.cfgcpa.org/pre-kindergarten-scholarships/ as well as from an approved preschool provider.
While eligibility is based on income, the guidelines are generous to provide scholarships for moderate and low-income families. For both scholarships programs, the household income, including all adults living in the house, must not exceed $77,648 with an additional $15,530 for each dependent child (as defined by the IRS). This means that a family with one child may earn up to $93,178 to be eligible for the EITC scholarship programs.
For the Pre-K scholarships, eligible children must be living in Greene County, be at least 3 years old by August 21. Children must be registered for in the pre-school before applying for a scholarship.
Participating preschool programs include: Building Blocks Preschool, Greene Valley Christian School, Calvary Chapel Preschool, Christian Sandbox Preschool, Here Wee Grow Preschool, Nanny’s Creative Learning Center, Open Door Christian Preschool, Rainbow’s End Learning Center, and St. Ann Catholic Church Preschool.
For more information about the Pre-K Scholarship program, or the EITC program, call the Community Foundation at 724-627-2010, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are available to download from the CFGC website at http://www.cfgcpa.org/ and click on the scholarship tab.