Scholarship for Eva & Mateo!

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Hello friends and family!


Update on Eva’s school life. She started her sophomore year in August and is still enjoying the Xavier community. She has a great group of friends she often collaborates and studies with via Zoom! It’s so great to see how her generation studies in groups without meeting in person. She did have some high school firsts this year; the first in-person football game and her first homecoming dance.


Eva's favorite class is Chemistry even though it’s one of her hardest and she enjoys math. Last year her GPA was 3.8, and she strives to better that this year. She is looking forward to tennis again in the spring. As with the rest of the tennis team, all players must try out each year, so she has been working hard on her game and hopes to again make the JV squad. On a high note, Eva achieved a goal she had of becoming a student ambassador. Her duties include speaking to prospective parents and students about Xavier and giving tours of the campus.


Update on Mateo’s school life. He started his eighth-grade year at St. Francis Xavier in August and time is quickly flying by. This is his second year at a private catholic school and while it’s been an adjustment in teaching style, he’s managing everything remarkably well. Since his first year was not ‘normal’ because of Covid, this year he’s been able to do many more school activities such as after-school sports, chess club, multi-day field trips out of state, and the 8th-grade play performance.


Outside of his school activities Mateo is a boy scout in Troop 41 and recently achieved the Life rank. He is looking forward to finishing his scout career with his Eagle project. He also plays club baseball and golf.  Golf is a yearlong sport for Mateo with two-day tournaments occurring almost once a month. He is a very energetic young man and is looking forward to high school next year.


If you don’t know, both Xavier and St. Francis Xavier are private schools, meaning, tuition is paid for by the family of the students. While there are many scholarships available, one of the most successful ways to help contribute is to elect to use the State of Arizona Tax dollar contributions towards a student.


If you pay taxes in Arizona, you can allocate state income tax dollars to create scholarships for kids in private schools at no cost to you. This is not a donation, it’s income taxes that we all have to pay anyway. In addition, there’s a difference between charter school and private school tax credit contributions, you get to do both. If you go to the STO4KIDZ.ORG website, You can watch a short video of the process at the bottom of this page.


You get 100% of it back as a credit; your Arizona tax liability is a reduced dollar–for–dollar when you contribute to a school tuition organization (STO). We have chosen to work with STO4KIDZ.ORG. This is not a donation, it’s income taxes that we all must pay anyway.  Also, there’s a difference between charter-school and private-school tax contributions, you can do both.


Your contribution will have a huge impact on our ability to send Eva and Mateo to these great schools. We're reaching out to you because you’re a good friend of ours and have seen our kids growing up as wonderful young teen adults they are becoming.


You can redirect your Arizona income tax liability, even if you plan to file for an extension, so long you contribute by April 15 you receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit.  You can contribute online here or print and fill out the form here and mail it in with a check. STO4KIDZ will email you a receipt for your taxes.


Please call us with any questions, or speak directly with our friends at STO4KIDZ - 602.698.8855.


Thanks so much for your consideration!

Barb 602.690.7685

Miguel 602.770.0655