GRACE Scholars

GRACE (Georgia Residents Assisting Children’s Education) Scholars, Inc. offers children from Georgia families, that demonstrate financial need, an opportunity to attend Catholic elementary and high schools in the State of Georgia.

In 2008 the Georgia legislature passed a bill that allows Georgia taxpayers to redirect a portion of their state tax dollars to student scholarship organizations such as GRACE Scholars.

GRACE Scholars provides Catholic school scholarships to Georgia families. These scholarships are need-based and available to children entering kindergarten, first grade, or transferring to a Catholic school from a public school.

Donors simply divert a portion of their Georgia state tax dollars to the Grace Scholarship Fund. Individuals can redirect up to $1,000 of their state tax dollars and a married couple can re-direct up to $2,500. Business “C” corporations can contribute up to 75% of their tax liability. For example, if you owe $2,000 in state taxes and you designate $1,000 to a Catholic school through GRACE Scholars, then you will only owe $1,000 in state taxes. And, that $1,000 you redirected to the GRACE Scholars program may be recognized as a charitable contribution on your federal taxes.

Being a GRACE donor costs you nothing. You are simply redirecting your taxes - money you would be paying regardless - to Catholic schools. Furthermore, donors may also receive a tax credit on their federal tax returns for their support of this program.

Interested donors, click here for easy donation instructions and form.

Interested GRACE Scholarship recipients:  Families who are interested in beginning an education at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School may qualify for scholarship monies through the GRACE Scholars Program if they display financial need and are planning to either transfer their child to St. Mary’s for the first time from a Georgia public school or enroll their child in kindergarten or first grade at St. Mary's school. The deadline for applying for a GRACE Scholarship is March 1, 2018.

The GRACE Scholarship application process follows these general guidelines:

• Apply and be accepted to the school. 
• Apply for financial aid through FACTS.
• Complete and submit the GRACE Scholars Application Form to the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The completed form can also be mailed or brought to the school.
• The school will then forward materials to GRACE Scholars, Inc.
• Qualifying families will be notified by GRACE Scholars, Inc. of any scholarship amount awarded. This information will be copied to the school.
• If an award is granted, GRACE Scholars, Inc. will issue a check in the family’s name directly to the school. The family then will endorse the award check to the school in order to reduce the tuition balance.

Please contact St. Mary’s Principal, Mrs. Laura Webster, at 706-733-6193 for questions or to begin the application process.