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Virginia's Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC) Program

It pays to invest in our students.


The Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits (EISTC) Program allows individual and business donors to receive a 65% Virginia tax credit + state and federal deductions for 35% of their charitable contribution when they itemize their taxes. 

Don't miss this tax benefit opportunity, enroll today! Contact our Director of Development, Robin Thomas, at 757-596-7247 or

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An investment in the Virginia Education Scholarships Tax Credit Program provides financial assistance to deserving students while enjoying tax relief.

What is the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC) Program?

  • Virginia’s EISTC program offers donors 65% of their donation returned to them in Virginia tax credits.
  • Donations to foundations approved by the Virginia Department of Education are distributed as scholarships for students from low-income families to attend accredited private schools.
  • Virginia budgets $25 million each year for this program, which continues until 2028.

How is the donation program different from a regular donation to Peninsula Catholic or a scholarship program?

  • Donors receive Virginia tax credits for 65% of the full value of the donation.
  • Donors who itemize ALSO receive federal and Virginia tax deductions for charitable contributions.
  • Both individuals and businesses are eligible.
  • Tax credits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to Department of Education pre-authorization.
  • Donors should include a Letter of Intent requesting their scholarships to support students at Peninsula Catholic High School.


How do you get started?


What are the rules?


  • May donate via cash, credit, or marketable securities.
  • Donors who itemize may claim deductions for 35% of the donation on state and federal taxes,  in addition to receiving the 65% Virginia tax credit.


  • Donations made directly to Peninsula Catholic do not qualify for tax credits.
  • Donors may not direct their funds to supporting a specific student.

Minimum donation for individuals: $500

Maximum annual donation for individuals and married couples: $125, 000

Maximum donation for businesses: None


Individual and business circumstances may vary. Please consult your tax professional.


What's a Tax Credit?

A tax credit allows you to subtract the amount of the credit from the total you owe the state in taxes.