I wanted to let you know of the approaching March 15th deadline for the Education Scholarship Trust Fund Program (ESTF). Families are eligible for $6,000 scholarships to tailor their children’s education as they wish. The scholarship is available to those who make up to 200% of the federal poverty guideline and the $6,000 scholarship can be used to pay for a variety of education choices for your children, including independent school tuition, tutoring, educational therapies, and more.

Click HERE for a full FAQ of what this scholarship is, how to apply, and what it can cover.

This initiative was approved by the S.C. General Assembly last year as we seek to expand educational opportunities and improve parents’ choices for their children’s education.

With the March 15th application deadline approaching, I encourage interested families to apply and take advantage of this innovative program designed to expand educational freedom and choice.

And the application process is as easy as 1-2-3…

1.      Complete the simple online application. You will need:
a. Proof of guardianship (tax return with dependents listed, birth certificate, etc.)
b. Proof of income (2022 or 2023 tax return documentation. If you don’t file taxes, you’ll need to provide income information.)
c. Proof of residency (driver’s license or state-issued ID, utility bill, etc.)

2.      Your application will be reviewed to verify eligibility and you will receive an email notifying you of the eligibility decision. The application review process and notification may take up to 14 days. To learn more about eligibility criteria, check out this handy FAQ.

3.      Learn how to access and use scholarship funds.
a. Once a student is approved, you will receive a welcome email providing you with the next steps on how to access scholarship funds as well as allow you to access ongoing support and answer any questions you may have about how the program works.