Click HERE to view important information and step-by-step instructions for the STC applications.
Community-wide application events in 2018, 2019, and 2020 served to benefit families that attended. A child’s chances of being awarded a scholarship in 2018, 2019, and 2020 were significantly higher if they participated in these events. There were other benefits as well, including making sure applicants provided the correct information and ensuring that no eligible students were erroneously denied scholarships. Multiple students who received STC awards in 18-19, 19-20, and 20-21 would have been disqualified if not for the application review performed by the Agudah in advance of the event.


Considering the COVID situation, we are awaiting further information regarding any  potential event(s).


There will be two separate applications, one for Big Shoulders and one for Empower Illinois:
1. On the morning of January 12th for Big Shoulders. Submission at 8:00am.
2. On the evening of January 13th for Empower Illinois. Submission at 7:00pm.

JDBY-YTT STRONGLY encourages ALL eligible families to apply to BOTH Empower and Big Shoulders. Both Empower and Big Shoulders should be considered primary.
Please see tables below to check your STC eligibility for the 21-22 school year (next year). 2019 is based on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and family size reported on your 2019 federal tax return (2019 Federal Form 1040, line 8b shows AGI), and 2020 would be based on pay stubs. You can be eligible based on either year. Please note that only children from a household whose income for 2019 or 2020 does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Line (or 400% if the child was awarded an STC scholarship in a previous school year) are eligible. If you need assistance in determining your eligibility or have any other questions, please contact or 773-465-8889 x680.