Sagamore Institute cares about education excellence in all schools, believing that the public good is best served by a strong network of public, charter and private schools.
A few years ago, Indiana’s innovative school choice programs invited non-profits to partner with the state by becoming Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). In the spring of 2011, Sagamore Institute launched a new program that it called Scholarships for Education Choice (SEC), joining a few other organizations certified by the Indiana Department of Education as SGOs. With Scholarships for Education Choice, Sagamore has the opportunity to invest in families who need some financial assistance to send their K-12 students to the schools that they believe are best-suited for their needs. Since 2011, we have awarded over $6.7 million in scholarships to more than 3700 students attending our participating schools. SGO tax credit scholarships are different from Indiana’s voucher program (called Choice Scholarships), which provides state funding to eligible students attending qualified schools (click here for a link to the DOE website which provides more information on vouchers). While the programs can work in tandem, SGO funds are provided by private donors who receive tax benefits in return for their donations. Our partner schools must meet certain criteria outlined by the state of Indiana, and then enter into a participation agreement with us. For information on how to become a partner school, or to view a list of our current partner schools, please see the links to the left.