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Since 2010, nearly 15,000 Arete scholarships — worth nearly $75 million — have served the academic needs of the disenfranchised, allowing those who have no options to find better opportunities and outlets for education and growth.

Funded primarily through zero-to-low-cost tax credit giving programs, we help place kids in need in schools that help them succeed. Our K-12 scholarships empower parents to choose a school that works best for their own children.

Like those that support our work, we are serious about principles such as stewardship, transparency, and accountability. It's why some of the world's most respected companies have partnered with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to donate to Arete Scholars?

    Anyone. Arete Scholars is a 501(c)(3) organization, and any donation is always tax deductible. In Georgia and Louisiana, individual and corporate taxpayers may also be eligible for a state income tax credit for qualified and approved donations. Learn more about zero-to-low-cost giving opportunities in Georgia and Louisiana

  • Are school choice and tax credit scholarships harmful to public education?

    Arete’s approach to the tax credit scholarship program supports education of the public by providing low-income families with access to high-quality educational opportunities. School choice currently exists in various forms in Georgia and Louisiana, including public, charter, virtual, home and private schools. But for those families without financial means or the ability to relocate to another school district, the only choice is sometimes an environment that does not meet a child’s learning needs. Arete simply empowers low-income families to choose the right school for their own children ̶ thereby offering opportunity and hope to a segment of the public that seldom enjoys it.

    In addition, research has shown that academic performance and graduation rates improve for both scholarship recipients and the public school systems where programs exist. Tax credit scholarships contribute to the overall public good by helping to narrow the achievement gap for those low-income students who face the greatest obstacles to learning. Arete stands in support of all school choice options as vital to ensuring that all children have access to an exceptional education.

    Plus, independent studies of tax credit scholarship programs throughout the country continue to show net savings in states like Georgia and Louisiana that set maximum scholarship amounts lower than the per student expense in public schools. These savings can remain invested in education or other public services.

  • Who are your corporate partners?

    Our generous partners include companies of all sizes. Some of our larger supporters include Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Dollar General, Equifax, GAP, Sonic, Chick-fil-A Foundation, and Waste Management.

  • Does a contribution unnecessarily support faith-based schools?

    We believe enrollment decisions are best left in the hands of parents, not bureaucrats, donors, or program administrators. That's why we award scholarships directly to students and empower families to choose the best school for their kids. 

    If you're interested in a specific school but don't see it on our partner list, let us know. We're always happy to add new participating schools to give parents the widest range of choices possible.