Verizon State Tax Credits Turned into Scholarship Opportunities for Five Pennsylvania Non-Profit Organizations

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Using $100,000 in grants from Verizon Pennsylvania, five non-profit organizations will be able to provide scholarships to families wanting to send their children in kindergarten through 12th grade to the public, private or parochial schools of their choice in the commonwealth.

Award-winning actor and Verizon spokesman James Earl Jones today presented the grants to representatives from each organization following a luncheon at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers.

The grants were made possible through Verizon's participation in the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit plan. Inaugurated in 2001 and administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the plan authorized $30 million in tax credits to businesses that make contributions to scholarship or educational improvement organizations.

"This program benefits everyone," said James V. O'Rourke, president and CEO, Verizon Pennsylvania. "It's a win for families who will be the recipients of the scholarships, and it's a win for corporations that not only get a tax break, but also gain another opportunity to invest in the education of the work force of tomorrow."

Verizon awarded scholarship grants to the following non-profit organizations:

    Greater Erie Community Action Committee, Erie -- $25,000
    Wyoming Seminary, Kingston -- $25,000
    Indian Creek Valley Christian Family and Children's Center, Champion -- $25,000
    Chester County Community Foundation, West Chester -- $12,500
    Children First America, Chester -- $12,500

Verizon was one of the first Pennsylvania corporations to commit to a total of $100,000 in grants for two consecutive years when the program was announced in 2001.

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