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 helped 205 New Hampshire children using scholarships worth more than $300,000.
On January 1, 2016, the Children’s Scholarship Fund New Hampshire took over administration of the Education Tax Credit scholarships formerly managed by NEO. Kate Baker, NEO’s Executive Director, became a CSF employee.
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 $885 million in scholarships to the families of 185,000 low-income children.
CSF looks forward to working with families using Education Tax Credit scholarships, the schools they attend, and individuals and businesses contributing to scholarships for many years to come.