Corporate Giving

Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC)

Your business can directly impact the education of a child. Shady Side Academy partners with the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) to provide financial aid scholarships for qualifying students. Our goal is to provide equal access to academic excellence for children in our region. Every year, the number of academically talented students applying for financial aid increases and continues to exceed available funds. Even with more than $3 million in financial aid awarded in 2015-2016, the Academy was not able to meet the full need of all qualified students. Corporate support, through EITC and OSTC donations, is essential to achieving this goal.

EITC & OSTC by the Numbers

$5.5 million has been donated to the financial aid program at Shady Side Academy since the inception of the EITC program.

225 grants have been awarded to talented students who could not have afforded a Shady Side education otherwise.

63 students, on average, receive a Shady Side EITC award each school year.

105 businesses have partnered with Shady Side Academy through EITC since 2001.

$8,500 is the average amount of a single EITC award for the school year.

EITC & OSTC Application

All applications are now online through a single electronic application.

EITC Single Electronic Application

Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website for more information, or contact Alicia Barnes, director of annual and corporate giving, at 412-968-3017 or

EITC Application Deadlines

May 16 – Deadline for business applicants who have fulfilled their two-year commitment and wish to reapply in 2016-2017 to renew their two-year commitment.

May 16 – Deadline for businesses who are in the middle of their two-year commitment.

July 1 – Deadline for all other businesses, including first-time applicants.