The Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship application is a two-step process:
Step 1: On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7 p.m., you will complete a brief reservation form on Empower Illinois’ website – EmpowerIllinois.org – that timestamps your reservation. This is a critical step as your timestamp matters and may impact your chances of receiving a scholarship. You will want to complete this form promptly at 7 p.m. Minutes matter.
The reservation form will ask you for the following information:
- Parent name
- Contact information – address, phone number, email address
- Child(ren) name(s)
***Please note: All children you would like to apply for need to be listed on the reservation form. If you do not add a child on the initial reservation but you would like to apply for a tax credit scholarship for that child, you will be required to complete a second reservation and therefore any additional children will receive a separate time stamp.
Step 2: Beginning on or about Friday, January 18, 2019, you may complete the full scholarship application through the Empower Illinois online student portal. You will receive instructions via email about setting up your student portal after your reservation has been completed (step 1). Empower Illinois will begin awarding scholarships on Monday, January 28, 2019. Scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds at your school of choice. We recommend you submit your application before Monday, January 28 to increase your chances of receiving a scholarship.
Please note: The Empower Illinois application will be available in English, Spanish and Polish.
* The St. Walter Catholic School admission process is separate from the scholarship process. A scholarship does not guarantee admittance.