Scholarships from Partner Organizations

External Scholarships

Holy Trinity partners with the following scholarship organizations, and we encourage students to explore these opportunities to help make a Catholic education affordable.

Tax Credit Scholarship

The State of Illinois has created a tax credit scholarship program called the “Invest in Kids Act.” This state program provides scholarships for low-income students enrolled in private schools. Scholarships will cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees. Students will be given equal priority in the application and award process if they meet one of these four requirements:

  • Renewal Scholars (received a tax credit scholarship for the previous school year)
  • Siblings to a Scholarship Recipient (a sibling received a tax credit scholarship for the previous school year)
  • Student resides in a Focus District (all of the city of Chicago is considered a focus district)
  • Adjusted Gross Income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (see the chart below)

Application Process

The application process will be managed by Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). Holy Trinity has partnered with three SGOs in the City of Chicago and we strongly encourage families to apply to all SGOs to increase your chances of being granted a scholarship. All students wishing to receive a tax credit scholarship must apply, regardless of whether you already receive a tax credit scholarship the previous school year.

Big Shoulders Fund

Application Opens at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The application will be completed in two parts. Completing the first part of the application will give you your time-stamp for waitlist purposes as scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis. The second part of the application must then be completed at the same time in one sitting.
Please see below where you will find links to helpful information from Big Shoulders Fund SGO.
Empower Illinois
Empower Illinois has a three step application process that begins on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Step 1: Reservation (This gets you your time stamp for the waitlist)
  • Reservations for tax credit scholarships open at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, with submissions beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Step 2: Application
  • After completing the reservation process you will receive an email from Empower Illinois inviting you to complete your application. Please do so as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance to receive a scholarship.
Step 3: Check Portal
  • Check your EmpowerXChange portal for application updates.

Helpful Resources

HighSight SGO

HighSight SGO’s tax credit scholarship application will open on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. All students wishing to receive a tax credit scholarship must apply, regardless of whether you already received a tax credit scholarship the previous school year.
You must complete the reservation page in order to have your submission screened and to be invited to participate in the full SGO HighSight application process.
  • Families will be required to provide the following information: name of student applicant, address, email address, current school, current grade, school you plan to attend in 2021-22, parent/guardian name, parent/guardian email, total number of residents in the household, total adjusted gross income of the household
  • If there are multiple students applying in the household, each student must submit an application.
  • After qualified donations are received, HighSight will begin requesting complete applications on a first-come, first-served basis. HighSight will then begin granting scholarships to eligible students allowing them to attend the private school of their choice, subject to the availability of funds.
If you have any questions please contact Matt Swanson, Scholarships & Financial Assistance Officer, at or (773) 278-4212 ext. 3043.

Income Guidelines


Required Information for Application

We strongly encourage you to have all documents scanned and ready to attach as PDF files to your application. The SGOs are encouraging families to apply via mobile device. To scan your documents to create PDF files using your smartphone, please download the Adobe Scan app.
Household Information
  • Parent/guardian contact information (e.g. address, city, zip, etc.), including an email address (required) along with supporting documentation for the household address (e.g., utility bill, driver’s license, etc.)
  • Number of people in your household
  • School district in which your household resides
  • Federal adjusted gross income (AGI) with a copy of your federal 1040 (first two pages) or signed verification that your family was not required to file a 1040 (signed by parent/guardian)
Student Information
  • Student name and birth date
  • Grade for the coming school year
  • Siblings for which the household will apply under the tax credit scholarship program
School Information
  • Identify the non-public school being selected by the student in the household
  • Identify whether the student is already enrolled at the selected school

If you have any questions, please email

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