Educational Improvement Tax Credit/Berks County Scholarship Tax Credit Fund AND Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarship Fund
Scholarship tax credits allow low-income families to pay tuition for their children’s private schooling. The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who reside within the attendance boundary of a state-defined low-achieving school and plan to attend a school that is participating in the program. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who pay tuition to attend kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools located in Pennsylvania. Fourteen states currently have a scholarship tax credit program. These two funds at the Berks County Community Foundation exist because of donations by local businesses. In 2014, the funds helped children K-12 with families who had an income under $12,646.