2016 Grant Recipients

IMAGO DEI MIDDLE SCHOOL-5th Year Grant-$5,000

Agency Background: Imago Dei Middle School, established in 2005, serves boys and girls in the 5th – 8th grades from families with low income residing in Tucson.  The school focuses on educating the whole child and breaking cycles of poverty.  The criteria for admission are based on students qualifying for Federal Government Free/Reduced Lunch Program.  Students are selected to attend using a lottery system.  The school operates as a tuition-free school; therefore, donor support is essential.  The school session for all grades is ten hours per day, 5.5 days per week and eleven months per year.  The teacher-to-student ratio is never greater than 1 teacher per 10 pupils.   The cost per student is $15,000.

Focus of 2016 Grant: Scholarship and Graduate Support Program Funding:

        Request for $15,000 to provide a full all-inclusive scholarship for one of our 8th graders who is ineligible for state tax credit funding because he did not transfer from an AZ public school.  His family moved to Tucson last year from out of state.

We request $5000 to partially fund our Graduate Support Program – for which SCCF provided funding in 2014.  This grant allows Imago Dei to foster a “college-going” culture among students whose families often have no history of higher education.

Measurable Results100% of Imago Dei alumni will proceed to the high school of their choice, with more than 60% having a private school option.  More than 90% will graduate and most will go on to college or career training.