In 2012, the New Hampshire legislature passed the Opportunity Scholarship Act, establishing tax credits for donations from businesses to scholarship organizations to allow low- and moderate-income families to choose the schools that best fit their children’s needs. Under the act, Education Tax Credit scholarships can be used by children attending private schools, out-of-district public schools, and homeschools.
On January 1, 2013, the Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) became the first scholarship organization eligible to administer Education Tax Credit scholarships. During the 2013-14 school year, NEO received more than 1,000 applications and awarded scholarships worth $128,000 to 103 New Hampshire students. In its first three years of managing Education Tax Credit scholarships, NEO has helped 205 New Hampshire children using scholarships worth more than $300,000.
On January 1, 2016, the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) took over administration of the Education Tax Credit scholarships formerly managed by NEO. Kate Baker and Kathy Lauer Rago, NEO’s Executive Director and Program Manager, became employees of CSF.
CSF is a national organization with a network of partner programs, each providing scholarships that empower parents to choose schools they otherwise could not afford. Since its inception in 1998, CSF has awarded more than $695 million in scholarships to the families of 158,000 low-income children.
CSF looks forward to working with families using Education Tax Credit scholarships, the schools they attend, and businesses contributing to scholarships for many years to come.