Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Applications

Empower Illinois provides Tax Credit Scholarships but you must participate in the Reservation Night on January 13 at 7 p.m. to be eligible. (You can log in as early as 6:30 p.m. to enter your information). Do not miss this important scholarship opportunity. Visit the Empower Illinois website for more information.

Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Application Tool Kit

The Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Application, made possible by the Illinois Invest in Kids Act, opens next week Tuesday, January 12 at 8 a.m. Please see the Big Shoulders Fund Tool Kit for more information on the application process.

If you are able, we also ask that you delay the start of any eLearning in your home on the morning of January 12th to allow applicants the highest internet speeds while applying. Most applicants obtain their timestamp by 8:10 a.m.

On application day, you may use our School Hotline - (312) 374-5670 - if you need to reach a Big Shoulders Fund staff member.

Big Shoulders Fund will email a direct link to the application to past applicants on January 11th. You will also be able to find the application link on the Big Shoulders Fund website and social media sites.

Application Step 2: After application day, Big Shoulders Fund will start reaching out to families with early timestamps to complete Step Two of the application by submitting their documents. Applicants have 10 days to complete Step Two of the application once it is requested. The completion of Step Two is not a guarantee of a scholarship but does move you one step closer.

Learn more on the Big Shoulders Fund website.


The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows individuals and corporations to donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) and receive a credit on their Illinois state taxes in return. An SGO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, approved by the Illinois Department of Revenue, whose primary aim is to give scholarships to qualifying students.

The SGOs that the Archdiocese of Chicago has recommended our families and benefactors work with are Big Shoulders Fund and Empower Illinois. The Big Shoulders Fund website is and the Empower Illinois website is Through these websites, families, and donors can get important information on taking advantage of this opportunity.

Saint Viator High School

Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.