Empower Illinois Scholarship Application For the 2019-2020 School Year Now Open

K-12 students from low-income families are eligible to receive a Tax Credit Scholarship.* Scholarship award amounts will follow the income guidelines listed at the bottom of this page. Plato families are encouraged to apply for the Invest in Kids Scholarship through Empower Illinois.

Empower Illinois scholarship applications are available to students and families through EmpowerIllinois.org as of January 15 at 7p.m. The application is a two-part, online-only process and is available in English and Spanish. Part One of the application began on January 15 and Part Two began on January 18. Families that complete Part One will receive an email to access Part Two through their new portal on empowerXchange. Everyone must reapply, including those who received a scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year and those currently on the waitlist.

Families are encouraged to complete part two before January 28, 2019 for the best chance of receiving a scholarship. If a family does not submit their application before January 28, another applicant may receive a scholarship before them, even if the family has reserved a place in line in front of them.

Application Checklist
To apply, you’ll need:
  • Proof of income, such as the first two pages of your 1040.
  • Proof of Illinois residency, such as a copy of a residential lease in the parent/guardian’s name.
  • Documentation of the student’s age (ONLY IF student is entering kindergarten or first grade), such as a copy of the student’s birth certificate.
  • Acceptance letter. You do not need to submit an enrollment or acceptance letter from the private school you wish to attend but it will be required before any scholarships funds are distributed.

Step-by-step instructions for applying are are available from Empower Illinois.

*Tax Credit Scholarships are need-based and do not take academic performance into consideration. Plato Academy is not involved in the scholarship process in any way other than providing the necessary acceptance letter.

For more information or questions, please reach out to the phone numbers or emails below:
Parents:
(309) 416-0741
scholars@empowerillinois.org

Donors:
(309) 644-4524
donors@empowerillinois.org