These scholarships are funded by private donors who are sympathetic to exceptional needs students. The legislation, called the Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC or Proviso 1.85), allows taxpayers to redirect up to 60 percent of their 2014 S.C. income tax liability and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for amounts contributed to a qualified SFO.
The ECENC proviso is restricted to students who have “exceptional needs” in learning and who have certain types of documentation to demonstrate those needs. Some of our students who are involved in our Learning Resource Center or speech pathology programs are eligible. Please pray with us that this “foot in the door” legislation will lead to a broader range of needs-based scholarships for students.
To apply for the scholarship, the parent and school must complete an application, and the school must submit it along with proper paperwork that demonstrates that a student qualifies as an exceptional needs student. The paperwork must be created by a public school/Child Find and must be one of three items: an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Eligibility Report within the last three years; an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) within the last three years; or possibly, a letter stating that the student qualifies for the ECENC scholarship.
We have contacted all families in our LRC and speech programs to give them the necessary information to pursue this scholarship. However, a student is not required to be in one of these programs in order to qualify. If you would like to pursue the possibility of this scholarship for your child, you may want to begin by contacting Child Find at (864) 331-1302 to ask for your child to be evaluated. Once you receive the needed documentation, we can work together with you to complete the parent/school application.
Please visit www.advancecarolina.com for more information.