Carlisle Foundation

About the Foundation

The Carlisle School Scholarship Foundation is part of the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credits (EISTC) program established by the Virginia Department of Education. The program offers donors a 65 percent state tax credit on top of any applicable deductions for charitable giving on their state and federal tax returns. As an approved scholarship foundation, The Carlisle School Scholarship Foundation uses the tax-credit derived funds to offer scholarships to students who wish to attend private schools within the Commonwealth. Families who qualify for financial aid at individual schools may also be eligible for this additional scholarship funding through The Carlisle School Scholarship Foundation.

Eligibility for Students 

To be eligible for a scholarship, student(s) must be a resident of the state of Virginia and have a family income of less than 300 percent of poverty, or in the case of a student with a disability, a family income of less than 400 percent of poverty. The student must also meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Have attended a Virginia public school for the prior year
  • In the current year, have attended a Virginia public school for one semester and transfer to a private school
  • Be eligible to enter either pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade
  • Not have been a resident of Virginia during the preceding year
  • Be a prior recipient of a scholarship foundation scholarship
Approved Schools

Scholarship funds from the Carlisle School Scholarship Foundation are only available at schools that donors have recommended us to support with their contribution. These authorized schools are held to stringent reporting requirements on financial administration and academic achievement. Current Schools served by the Carlisle School Scholarship Foundation include:

  • Carlisle School, Martinsville, VA
  • Kenston Forest, Blackstone, VA
  • Regents School, Charlottesville, VA

Additional schools may become approved by contacting Jennifer Doss, Director of Development, at jdoss@carlisleschool.org or by calling 276-632-7288. 

How to Donate

Giving to the Carlisle School Scholarship Foundation is easy. If you are interested in making a gift, contact the Development Office to begin the tax credit authorization process. 

  • To receive tax credits, your gift must be unrestricted to the Carlisle School Scholarship Foundation.
  • The minimum donation is $500 per year.
  • The maximum donation is $125,000 per year for an individual. There is no limit for businesses. 
  • A donor may request a specific school to benefit.
  • A donor is not permitted to designate a specific student to be the recipient of a scholarship.
  • Upon receipt of your gift, the Department of Education will issue a tax credit to the eligible donor.

To donate, contact Jennifer Doss, Director of Development, at jdoss@carlisleschool.org or by calling 276-632-7288.