Invest in Kids Scholarship updates
For parents who have been anxiously awaiting the new application date for full, 75%, and 50% tuition scholarships through the Invest in Kids Scholarship program, the time is here!
Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00PM the application will re-open at Empower Illinois! We encourage you to be ready in front of your computer at 7:00PM! Empowerillinois.org/students
We invite you to join us at Grace on the night of the 27th at 6:45PM if you need access to a computer and internet or if you would like assistance with the process. The application process with now be two steps. On February 27, you will be asked to set up your account which will put you in line for the scholarship (first come, first served!). This is why it is so important to be ready at 7PM!
After you create your account on Tuesday, watch for an email from Empower Illinois. They will invite you to complete the application (at which point you must also submit all documentation). Once you receive the email, you will have 3 days to complete the process. We do not have details on how soon to expect the email from Empower, but make sure you watch for it (double check spam folders as well just in case!).
Once you are invited to complete the application, please let us know if you would like to come in to complete the application on a computer at Grace. We are happy to set up a time to help!
Lutheran Schools Week March 5-9
Lutheran Schools Week is almost here! Grace Christian Academy is following the tradition of Lutheran schools around Chicago and across the country as we get excited for the 2018-2019 school year. From silly dress-up days to speech competitions, a Home Run Inn fundraiser, volleyball games, and an all-school picnic, we hope our students and families kick off pre-registration week experiencing how much fun it is to be part of a Christian community. At Grace, we value our close-knit community of 120 students and their families so we celebrate the return of each student for the 2018-2019 school year as pre-registration begins.
It is our hope that every child in Little Village and across Chicago would have the chance to receive a top-quality education and experience a loving Christian community. As our current families get ready to return to Grace in the fall, we also look forward to Lutheran Schools Week as a time to welcome new students to our growing family. Whether you are looking to start preschool or looking for a different school environment, we invite you to join in on the traditions and fun of Lutheran Schools Week and experience the community of Grace Christian Academy!
We are incredibly impressed by our parents at Grace Christian Academy. More than 50 families were prepared on January 31 to complete their applications for Invest in Kids Scholarships. Despite the technical glitch at Empower Illinois, I was impressed by the overall positivity and gratitude of our families in the midst of very frustrating circumstances. The application website crashed again and again while parents anxiously tried to reload and try again, some working and waiting patiently (unsuccessfully) for as many as seven hours. The resulting news of a crashed system and an unknown amount of time before it would relaunch was not what anyone wanted to hear, but our parents still took it in stride. While the application process might not have gone as planned, we thank our parents for the sacrifice of their time and for their perseverance. We are looking forward to parents returning with the same enthusiasm and readiness when Empower relaunches these applications later this month.
If you are interested in supporting these parents in affording quality Christian education, tax credit donations are a great way to give more for less. By reserving a donation credit with the Illinois Department of Revenue, every dollar you donate to this scholarship fund receives a 75% refund as a state of Illinois Income Tax credit. When you give to Empower, you can designate your donation for Grace Christian Academy to ensure that Grace's students are able to directly access your gift in the form of a scholarship. Please visit empowerillinois.org/donors for more information or contact Ms. Crowder at Grace
August 2020 Update: