What is Scrip?
The Scrip Program is a fundraiser for SJY by offering Gift Cards from local and national retailers & restaurants. The proceeds are enjoyed by the Church, the School, and help reduce parents' tuition bills for St. Joseph School, York Catholic High School, or the Parish Religious Education Program. Scrip is a program that encourages people to purchase gift certificates from participating merchants at face value. Each merchant provides a "Rebate Percentage" (which varies from merchant-to-merchant, from 2% to 25% of the value). 45% goes to the family's account, 45% of the percentage goes to the school, and 10% goes toward administrative costs.
Everyone needs food and gas, so why not buy them with Scrip Cards and help out your church and school or reduce your child's tuition?
Unlike other scholarship programs, the St. Joseph Youth Scholarship Fund, formerly known as the SCRIP Tuition Credit Program, will not be need based but rather based on level of participation. While it may not be the dollar for dollar credit that has been issued in the past, we hope to be able to meet the specific dollars that families have requested from the funds. It is our hope that the program will continue to generate enough funds to distribute scholarships at the same levels we have in the past. In the past, over $100,000 was raised through the SCRIP program!
$38,110 in scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 year!
Description of the Program
The Youth Scholarship Fund is a program staffed by volunteers at St. Joseph Catholic Church to support Catholic Education in our Parish. This program provides financial assistance to families that have students in St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Joseph Religious Education Program, and York Catholic High School.
Net proceeds from SCRIP Gift Card sales are the primary source of funding for this scholarship program. As the proceeds from the sales increase, more dollars will be available to distribute to scholarship recipients. All parishioners are encouraged to participate.
Scholarship applications are due on or before April 15 of each year for the upcoming school year. A scholarship committee (appointed by the Pastor) will review all applications to determine eligibility and recommend a projected scholarship amount. The Pastor will make the final determination of the scholarship.
Distribution of Scholarship Funds
Scholarship amounts will appear as a credit on the tuition statement for those families who receive assistance. Each family’s maximum scholarship amount is capped at the amount of their total tuition and fees for the year. There will be no cash distributions.
Distribution of funds is contingent upon generation of sufficient proceeds to meet the projected scholarship amounts. In the event proceeds deviate from the projected annual proceeds, all scholarship awards will be adjusted proportionately, either increased or decreased
Credits to families’ accounts will be made by distributing the funds directly to St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Joseph Religious Education Program or York Catholic High School.
If families have children at both York Catholic and St. Joseph’s School, scholarships will be applied in to St. Joseph School.
Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
Those applying for scholarships must meet the following criteria:
Have at least one child enrolled in St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Joseph Religious Education Program or York Catholic.
Be a “regular” participant in the SCRIP Program. Regular participants generate a minimum of $1000 in sales (May1-April 30).
Financial need is NOT an eligibility requirement. The Pastor reserves the right to make all final determinations of eligibility and scholarship amounts.
3 Ways to Purchase Scrip
- Go to www.ShopWithScrip.com.
- Make your selections using the Enrollment Code: 944E9217455 for St. Joseph School.
- Print off your order and write your child's homeroom on the form. Make your check payable to St. Joseph Scrip in the amount of your order.
- Send in the order form and money to the school or church office on Monday in an envelope marked "SCRIP c/o Dottie Kitching"
- Receive your order Friday! (Sent home with your child or picked up at the Church.)
Scrip is Sold in the Church Conference Room
Scrip is sold on Fridays in Church Conference Room from 8am to 10am. Sales of Giant or Weis gift cards may be made in the Church Office during regular business hours of 8am to 4pm.
Order and Pick-Up at the Church Office
For those who find it difficult to get into church during sale hours on Friday. Just order thru ShopWithScrip or send your order to Dottie "Kitching@sjy.org" before Sunday evening and pick up your order anytime after Thursday in the church office from 8:00am until 8:00pm. You can pay at time of pickup by check or just say that you have a credit card on file.
Mrs. Dottie Kitching