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Local families receive scholarship assistance through the EITC program

July 15. 2013 2:54PM
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Bridge Educational Foundation and its donors, AT&T, Chesapeake Energy, Waste Management and Williams-Transco Pipeline, announced $36,000 in scholarships for families in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. School officials and families attended the event to thank the scholarship donors.

Students attending the following schools have received tuition scholarships: Wyoming Area Catholic School - Exeter, Endless Mountain Christian Academy - Tunkhannock, Good Shepherd Academy - Kingston, Holy Rosary School - Duryea, Holy Redeemer HS - Wilkes-Barre, Holy Cross HS - Dunmore, Summit Christian Academy - South Abington Township and Yeshiva Beth Moshe - Scranton.

Joseph Gerdes of the Bridge Educational Foundation said, “We thank the businesses for participating in the EITC Program and helping to educate Pennsylvania’s future workforce. For more than a decade the EITC Program has successfully partnered parents and the business community to provide school choice through scholarships. EITC scholarshipsprovide parents with educational opportunities for their children that may not exist without the EITC Program.”

During a brief presentation the donor business representatives, school and elected officials offered remarks applauding the EITC Program. State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Marty Flynn attended the event in support of the Program and the families in their districts.

Barb Sexton of Chesapeake Energy also participated in the presentation and stated, “Chesapeake Energy is proud to be a new participant in Pennsylvania’s EITC Program. In every area of the state where Chesapeake operates, we look for meaningful ways to give back to the communities. Fostering a child’s opportunity to learn drives Chesapeake’s commitment to education. We are pleased to provide this support for families so they can continue to provide a quality education for their children.”

Senator John Yudichak said, “The EITC Program has become an exceptional model of a public-private partnership driving resources to families who seek a quality education for their children.”

The scholarship donations are part of the K-12 EITC Programs. The K-12 EITC tuition program provides companies with a 75 percent tax credit, 90 percent for a two-year commitment, for funds donated to approved, non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organizations businesses may donate up to $400,000 per year though the K-12 program.

For information on how to request scholarship funding please visit and click on the scholarship tab.

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