Scholarship Granting Organization

The Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund

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  • Turn Your Tax Dollars Into Tuition Through April 14, 2024

    The Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund (SGO) was created to allow donors to help provide tuition assistance to students attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Columbus, while also giving donors up to a $1,500 state of Ohio tax credit.

    Your contribution to the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund (SGO) will directly impact our students while giving you the power to direct your tax dollars. This fund is a win-win for taxpayer donors and our scholarship recipients. The State of Ohio now allows all donations made through April 15, 2024 to count as eligible donation credits on your 2023 State of Ohio tax return. Please take advantage of this opportunity to direct your tax dollars and provide scholarship dollars to our students. 

    To learn more about the benefits of giving to St. Charles through the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund, check out our FAQs below.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO)?
    It is a religious or nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxation whose primary intent
    must be to award academic scholarships to low-income students to attend schools in grades K thru 12. The Diocesan Education Corporation (DEC), a scholarship granting organization (SGO), is doing business as Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund.

    What is the benefit of an SGO?
    The State of Ohio enacted legislation allowing a tax credit up to $750 per individual or $1,500 for married couples filing jointly for donations made to certified scholarship granting
    organizations. This credit is available to individuals who have an Ohio tax liability. The credit is
    a dollar-for-dollar credit, but is limited to the lesser of: 1) $750 per individual; or, 2) $1,500 for
    married couples filing jointly; or, 3) your total tax liability.

    How does a tax deduction differ from a tax credit?
    A tax deduction reduces a taxpayer’s overall taxable income. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar
    credit against the taxes paid to the State of Ohio up to the limits allowed by the credit. All SGO donations are directed to the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund rather than to the State, and can be designated for the school or parish of your choice.

    Can I direct my donation to both St. Charles and to another school or parish?
    Yes. Donors have the option of designating more than one school or parish to receive their donation. In either case, prioritization of awards will go to low-income students.

    Can I direct my donation to a specific student?
    No. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund may not accept donations that are designated for a specific student.

    Is my donation limited to $750 per individual?
    No. Any donation may be made, but the tax credit available through the State of Ohio is
    limited up to $750 for an individual or $1,500 for married couples filing jointly.

    What St. Charles students are eligible to receive an award through the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund?
    While all students who attend St. Charles are eligible to receive an award, prioritization will be given to low-income students.

    I received a refund on my State of Ohio taxes last year. Am I still eligible for an SGO tax credit?
    Yes. The scholarship granting organization tax credit applies to the State of Ohio tax liability.
    The liability is calculated before credits are applied for withholdings made by your employer or before applying other tax credits. As long as the liability exceeds $750 per individual or $1,500 for married couples filing jointly, you may be eligible for the SGO tax credit. Although credits are stackable, the SGO tax credit in combination with other State tax credits may not exceed the tax liability.

    How can I donate?
    You may donate online at or mail your donation by downloading a printable donor form at
If you need more information about SGO and tax credit, please contact Kristin Williams 
St. Charles Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.