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Celebrating Catholic School Values


21st Annual Catholic School Values Awards Dinner!

CCSV LogoThe 21st annual Celebrating Catholic School Values: Scholarship and Career Achievement Awards event was held at the Crowne Plaza Union Station in Indianapolis on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  This year’s celebration featured keynote speaker, Mr. James Danko, President of Butler University. 

During the event it was announced that a record $7.1 million had been raised in the past year to help children receive a Catholic education in the archdiocese! In 21 years of this event, $28 million has been raised through Tax Credit Scholarships.

Since 1996, this premier event has highlighted Catholic schools as assets to the corporate community, honored an outstanding group of alumni for their career accomplishments, and honored friends of Catholic schools for their community service.

The 2017 Honorees are:

The event also raises much-needed funding for scholarships to help low and moderate-income families enroll their children in the Catholic school of their choice and focuses on the importance of Indiana Tax Credit Scholarships. The Indiana School Choice law makes Tax Credit Scholarships available to income-eligible students already in our Catholic schools from kindergarten through grade 12. More about Tax Credit Scholarships and Indiana School Vouchers can be found here.

In tax credits became available from the state of Indiana for the initiative that helps families choose the school of their choice for their children, said Mary McCoy, an assistant superintendent for Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

Such donations helped about 2,200 students attend Catholic schools in the 2016-17 school year, McCoy noted.

“We appreciate all of the generous donations made to the schools in the archdiocese,” she said. “These funds go a long way to give families access to high-quality Catholic education.”

Indiana’s Tax Credit Scholarship program was created to give families who meet certain income guidelines an opportunity to send their child to a participating private school.

McCoy explained that a Tax Credit Scholarship of at least $500 per child, given for one year, allows an eligible student to receive the state school voucher the following year and for up to 12 years of education in a Catholic school—a potential of $60,000 in state voucher assistance.
Donors are also able to maximize the tax benefits of contributing to a scholarship. With a 50 percent state tax credit and, for example, a 35 percent federal deduction, a donor can give $10,000 toward scholarships for as little as $3,250, McCoy noted.

For donors who pay taxes at a federal rate of 28 percent, and with a 50 percent state tax credit, they could give $1,000 toward scholarships for as little as $360 out-of-pocket cost, she said.

“Tax Credit Scholarship needs reach well into the middle class, especially for families with multiple children in our schools,” McCoy said. “Our hope is to raise enough funds in order for all families that choose a Catholic education for their children to be able to do so.”

Information about Tax Credit Scholarships is also available online at
 www.i4qed.org/sgo or by contacting Kim Pohovey in the archdiocese’s Office of Stewardship and Development by email at kpohovey@archindy.org or by phone at 317-236-1568 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1568. 

To hear about the impact of Tax Credit Scholarships firsthand, we invite you to watch this video.

How can you help?

There are two ways you can help our children receive these needs-based scholarships:

1) Sponsor the event and provide general scholarships for our students

There are several levels of sponsorship available for this year’s event and scholarship program.

Diamond - $200,000                Sapphire - $25,000                Silver - $5,000
Emerald - $100,000                 Platinum - $15,000                Bronze - $2,500
Ruby - $50,000                       Gold - $10,000                      Contributing Partner - $1,000

Click here to learn more about the sponsorship benefits

2)  Donate through the Institute for Quality Education and designate a Catholic school of your choice to receive the scholarship gift, possibly making you and/or your company eligible for a tax credit against your Indiana tax liability.

To learn more about Indiana’s Tax Credit Scholarships and to access the forms needed to donate to the school of your choice through the Institute for Quality Education, click HERE.
“Families are unbelievably appreciative of the Catholic education their children are receiving thanks to the generous stewardship of so many caring community partners,” said Mary McCoy.  “Catholic schools partner with families in the hopes and dreams that they have for their children, and the ability to choose a Catholic school can make all the difference in the world.”

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This video, which was shown at the 2011 Celebrating Catholic School Values Awards Dinner, honors the legacy of Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein.


This video, which highlighted the 2010 Celebrating Catholic School Values Awards Dinner, takes a look at 175 years of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.