Celebrating Catholic School Values

2019 Scholarship and Career Achievement Award Honorees

Back Row: Gina Kuntz Fleming, Archbishop Charles Thompson, Bishop Emeritus Gerald F. Kicanas; Front Row-Honorees:  Jerry and Pat Semler, Virginia Marten, Patricia Musgrave

Back Row: Gina Kuntz Fleming, Archbishop Charles Thompson, Bishop Emeritus Gerald F. Kicanas
Front Row-Honorees:  Jerry and Pat Semler, Virginia Marten, Patricia Musgrave

Giving to Indiana Tax Credit Scholarships

The event  raises much-needed funding for scholarships to help low and moderate-income families enroll their children in the Catholic school of their choice and focuses on the importance of Indiana Tax Credit Scholarships. The Indiana School Choice law makes Tax Credit Scholarships available to income-eligible students already in our Catholic schools from kindergarten through grade 12. More about Tax Credit Scholarships and Indiana School Vouchers can be found here.

Tax credits became available from the state of Indiana for the initiative that helps families choose the school of their choice for their children, said Mary McCoy, an assistant superintendent for Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

Through tax credit scholarship donations, a record $6.5 million was raised in 2018 which enabled about 2,242 students to attend Catholic schools, McCoy noted.

“We appreciate all of the generous donations made to the schools in the archdiocese,” she said. “These funds go a long way to give families access to high-quality Catholic education.”

Indiana’s Tax Credit Scholarship program was created to give families who meet certain income guidelines an opportunity to send their child to a participating private school.

McCoy explained that a Tax Credit Scholarship of at least $500 per child, given for one year, allows an eligible student to receive the state school voucher the following year and for up to 12 years of education in a Catholic school—a potential of $60,000 in state voucher assistance.
Donors are also able to maximize the tax benefits of contributing to a scholarship. With a 50 percent state tax credit and, for example, a 35 percent federal deduction, a donor can give $10,000 toward scholarships for as little as $3,250, McCoy noted.

For donors who pay taxes at a federal rate of 28 percent, and with a 50 percent state tax credit, they could give $1,000 toward scholarships for as little as $360 out-of-pocket cost, she said.

“Tax Credit Scholarship needs reach well into the middle class, especially for families with multiple children in our schools,” McCoy said. “Our hope is to raise enough funds in order for all families that choose a Catholic education for their children to be able to do so.”

CCSV Flyer

CCSV Flyer

For tax credit scholarship information, please contact Kim Pohovey:
317-236-1568  |  1-800-382-9836, ext. 1568  |  kpohovey@archindy.org

How can you help?

There are two ways you can help our children receive these needs-based scholarships: 

1) Sponsor the Celebrating Catholic School Values event and help provide scholarships for our students

There are several levels of sponsorship available for this year’s event and scholarship program.

Sapphire Partners - $50,000 level
Platinum Partners - $25,000 level
Gold Partners - $15,000 level
Silver Partners - $10,000 level
Bronze Partners - $5,000 level
Contributing Partners - $1,000 level

Click here to learn more about event sponsorship benefits

For event sponsorship information, please contact Kim Pohovey: 
317-236-1568 | 1-800-382-9836, ext. 1568 | kpohovey@archindy.org 

2)  Donate a tax credit scholarship through the Institute of Quality Education and designate a Catholic school of your choice to receive the scholarship gift, making you or your company eligible for a tax credit against your Indiana tax liability.

Click here to learn more about Indiana’s Tax Credit Scholarship program and/or to donate securely online to the Catholic school of your choice through the Institute of Quality Education.

“Families are unbelievably appreciative of the Catholic education their children are receiving thanks to the generous stewardship of so many caring community partners,” said Mary McCoy.  “Catholic schools partner with families in the hopes and dreams that they have for their children, and the ability to choose a Catholic school can make all the difference in the world.”

News Coverage


This video, which was shown at the 2011 Celebrating Catholic School Values Awards Dinner, honors the legacy of Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein.


This video, which highlighted the 2010 Celebrating Catholic School Values Awards Dinner, takes a look at 175 years of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.



Local site Links: