Ways to Give
As Christians, we recognize everything we have comes from God. We are called to share these gifts to advance His Kingdom, such as providing a Catholic education to a student that may not otherwise be able to attend or supporting the mission and ministries at St. Mary's School. Through our gifts we demonstrate, in a tangible way, our love for God and one another.
Your gift will change lives. Your donation to our scholarship program will give students the opportunity to receive a Catholic education.
INVEST IN KIDS ACT through Empower Illinois
Through the Invest in Kids Act, K - 12 students have the opportunity to receive Illinois tax credit scholarships to attend private schools. This scholarship opportunity is available to all income-eligible St. Mary's families. Scholarships cover up to 100% of private school tuition and fees and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Donors will receive a 75% state tax credit for donations made. Individual donors can designate their contribution to St. Mary's School. To learn more about this program, visit the Empower Illinois website or contact Danielle Gill at email@example.com.
To make a Tax Credit Scholarship donation, you must first have access to your State of Illinois tax account to reserve your tax credit. If you already have a username and password, follow the steps below under RETURNING DONORS. If you do not have State of Illinois tax account login credentials, you must first request a letter from the State of IL.
2. Once you have received your Letter ID, go to: https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/, Don’t Have a Logon? Register Here and click Sign Up. After creating your account, use your new login credentials to complete the next step.
3. Go to https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/ and login to your account.
ST. BLAISE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The St. Blaise Scholarship Fund was established in loving memory of St. Mary’s student Blaze Masching, whose outgoing personality and enthusiastic passion for life are fondly remembered. His spirit will live on as this scholarship fund helps current and future generations of SMS students. The St. Blaise Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to those families who demonstrate need. Donations can be made to the St. Blaise Scholarship Fund at any time throughout the year. Online donations can be made by clicking the 'Donate' button to the right and 'Give Now' under Scholarships.
JOHN LANCASTER SPALDING SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Tuition assistance from the endowment fund established as a result of the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria, are available to students enrolled in or intending to enroll in grades K – 12 in any Catholic School located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are members of a Catholic Parish in the Diocese. All scholarship awards will be based on financial need objectively assessed. $600,000 was awarded to students in Diocesan schools for the 2022-2023 school year. If you would like to donate to this fund, please contact Danielle Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making it possible for my brother and I to attend St. Mary's School. We are deeply appreciative of your support.
St. Mary's Student, scholarship recipient
My family and I would like to send our greatest appreciation for your generous donation. A child’s education is so important and we appreciate the opportunity to attend St. Mary's School. Thank you for thinking of others and providing opportunities for our children.
Thank you so very much.
St. Mary's Parent, scholarship recipient
For further information, please contact Director of Development, Danielle Gill, at email@example.com.