Scholarships

ESM believes that quality Christian education should be affordable to all families. To make this possible, members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and St. Michael Lutheran Church together provide approximately half of the total cost of education for all students enrolled. Despite the fact that the cost of education continues to climb steeply, the support and commitment of our two church congregations helps us provide excellent academic programming at a cost that is still within reach.

For those who need some extra financial help, various forms of financial aid and scholarships are available. Our participation in the School Choice program represents our commitment to providing the financial support necessary for families to choose a partnership with ESM. Choice can also provide scholarships for a Lutheran high school education. A Choice Scholarship or SGO award at ESM puts your family on a track for a Choice Scholarship at Concordia Lutheran High School. This may make continuing with excellence in Lutheran education a possibility for your family in the years ahead! Learn more about these programs below.

Last year, over 75% of our students received some form of scholarship. No family who demonstrated financial need was turned away.

**Scholarship information is for students enrolled at ESM in grades K - 8. 

INDIANA SCHOOL CHOICE AND SCHOLARSHIP GRANTING ORGANIZATIONS

1) DOES MY FAMILY MEET THE INCOME GUIDELINES BASED ON # PERSONS IN HOUSEHOLD (#HH)? 

YES → Go to section #2

NO → ESM believes that quality Christian education should be affordable to all families. Please contact our school office if there are special circumstances to consider.

2) DOES MY STUDENT HAVE A ‘TRACK’ TO INDIANA SCHOOL CHOICE?

YES → Go to section #3

NO → Go to section #4

3) INDIANA SCHOOL CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

If you meet the income guidelines based on household size according to the chart above AND your child has a ‘track’ – you may be eligible for the award amount based on the school district where the student resides. 

4) SGO SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

ESM is blessed with private donations from individuals and businesses to provide scholarships to financially qualifying students. If you meet the income guidelines based on household size according to the chart above but your child does NOT have a ‘track’ to School Choice – you may be eligible for an SGO Scholarship. Scholarships vary in value from $500 up to the cost of tuition. In addition to providing financial assistance to current tuition, these scholarships can create a track to a future Indiana Choice Scholarship.

MORE INFO

For a printer friendly version of the information above and for more details regarding Indiana School Choice Scholarships, SGO Scholarships, Definitions of Key Terms and Description of Choice 'Tracks' see the SCHOLARSHIP FAQ page in the documents section below. 

HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarship application is available in a variety of ways. See below for those options. Only families that have completed the online enrollment application, have paid the $150 K-8 family application fee, and have been accepted to Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School will be considered for Scholarships. Completed scholarship applications are due April 15th for priority consideration. Following the priority deadline, applications will be considered based on the remaining funds available. 

Option #1:

Download the Scholarship Application in the documents section below OR download from the Sycamore admissions portal OR you can pick up a copy in either school office. Once completed, you can return the scholarship application AND a copy of your Federal Form 1040.  

Mail to:

ESM 

℅ Finance Manager

1123 Union Street 

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Option #2:

ESM is now able to process Scholarships Applications through a secure, online method of signing and returning the scholarship application AND a copy of your Federal Form 1040 with DocuSign.  Click the button below to begin.  

When are scholarship applications due?

Completed scholarship applications are due April 15th for priority consideration.  Only families that have completed the online enrollment application, have paid the $150 K-8 family application fee and/or $85 application fee per child enrolled in the Preschool Program, and have been accepted to Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School will be considered. If you have not completed the steps to re-enroll for 2022-23 follow the instructions on the Re-Enrollment Information page of our website. 

When will I know if I have received a scholarship? 

Scholarship award letters are mailed in early May. 

What if I submit my scholarship application after the deadline? 

Scholarships will continue to be accepted after the priority deadline. However, following the priority deadline, applications will be considered based on the remaining funds available.  

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