OSF Over $500,000

Donations to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund topped a half million dollars yesterday. A donation of $4,000 by Mr. and Mrs. Randall Roberts of Bixby put the Fund over $500,000. Their generous gift was designated for The Little Lighthouse of Tulsa. The Fund has been receiving donations for less than a year. The first donation was made by Patti and Pete Rhea of Lawton in September 2014. Since that time 223 donors have contributed $503,000 for an average of $2,265 per donation.…

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  • July 23, 2015

The Little Light House Is #41

The Little Light House (Jean Winfrey, Molly Smith and Rachel Mouton) in Tulsa, Oklahoma joined the OSF this week.  TLL is the 41st school to join the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. The mission of the Little Light House is to glorify God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and their communities. TLL accomplishes this mission by providing tuition-free educational and therapeutic services to children with special needs ages birth to six. The Little Light House…

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  • June 11, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs HB 1693

Governor Fallin signed HB 1693 last week. It passed the House and Senate by large margins. HB 1693 was designed to improve the current legislation authorizing our OSF. The bill was carried  State Representative Kevin Calvey and State Senator Kyle Loveless. ENHANCED TAX CREDIT: The most universal improvement was the change of the benefits to multi-year donors. Effective January 1, 2016, donors committing to the same amount for TWO consecutive years will receive 75% tax credits for BOTH years. This an improvement…

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  • June 9, 2015

Now 40 OSF Schools

The Opportunity Scholarship Fund now has 40 member schools. Six additional schools sponsored by the Seventh-Day Adventist Conference joined OSF yesterday. Now all 8 schools of the Conference are members. The Conference supports Adventist schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Muskogee, Ardmore, Claremore, Vinita, Bristow - and a mission school in Guymon serving Burmese refugees. There are 34 additional K-12 schools eligible to join OSF but have not yet chosen to do so. Of that group, several anticipate joining soon. There are 32 Catholic…

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  • June 9, 2015

OSF Now At 34 Schools

Three schools have recently joined the OSF. They are Paths to Independence School (Bartlesville), Cross Christian Academy (Disney), and Eagle Point Christian School (Sapulpa). Paths to Independence is an accredited PK-12 private school structured to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders.  It provides instruction in all academic areas, communication, social skills, recreation, and independent living.  The school goal is to have a life-long view of education, promoting functional independence from a young age. The mission of Eagle Point Christian Academy is to partner…

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  • April 6, 2015

Five OSF Scholarship Recipients

This two minute video spotlights five OSF scholarship recipients. They are: Josh Hopkins in the Wesleyan Christian School in Bartlesville; siblings Victoria, Madison and Nicolas Cubas of Newcastle, OK and the Christian Heritage Academy; and Manuel Chavarria from the Happy Hands Education Center in Broken Arrow. The video was first shown at the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs Annual Citizenship Dinner, April 1 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  

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  • April 3, 2015

Completing 2014 Tax Forms

The info below is how individuals and families filing jointly should  claim the tax credits and deductions for donations made to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Businesses should consult their tax preparers. STATE TAX CREDIT: The Tax Commission has been provided your donation information and is expecting you to claim the credits. Make sure that you have your receipt letter from the Opportunity Scholarship Fund in case the Oklahoma Tax Commission asks for it after you file. The amount of the credit will be HALF…

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  • March 11, 2015

Positive Tomorrows Joins OSF

The Positive Tomorrows is the latest school to join the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Positive Tomorrows began in 1989 as a real collaborative effort among a group of community organizations that recognized that the educational needs of homeless children were not being met. Founding partners included OKC Public Schools, the State Dept. of Education, CampFire USA, Neighborhood Services Organization and the YWCA. As an affiliate of the OKC Public Schools System, the school purpose was to help homeless families collect needed documentation to…

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  • February 17, 2015

Destiny Christian: Not Costly Just Priceless

Destiny Christian School in Del City is the newest member of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund family. For over 25 years, Destiny Christian has been serving children and families in the greater OKC area as Mid-Del Christian School. Thousands of students have walked the halls of the school, learning to read, write, and think critically in an atmosphere of loving discipline not often found today. Hundreds of graduates have gone on to become skilled employees in the workforce – attorneys, accountants, entrepreneurs, medical…

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  • February 11, 2015