School Tuition Organizations (STO’s)

All students attending Shepherd of the Desert (K-8th) are eligible to receive tuition tax credit scholarships through the Arizona Private School Tuition Tax Credit Program.   SOTD families received hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Tax Credit program!   While some of these scholarships have requirements including financial need, starting kindergarten, or transferring from a public school, the Individual Tax Credit Scholarship is available to all families enrolled in private school.  To this end, Shepherd of the Desert has teamed with Arizona Tuition Connection to maximize the scholarship funding.  Together we have launched an initiative called Tuition Elimination, everyone participates everyone benefits.  We encourage all families to apply for funding and educate themselves on the tax credit scholarship program by visiting

There are several programs available, and there are numerous STO’s that provide assistance to Shepherd of the Desert students.  Some STO’s allow donors to recommend student beneficiaries, and others are based solely on financial need.  Regardless, a School Tuition Organization cannot award, restrict, or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of donor recommendation.  In addition, a taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent.



Arizona Tuition Connection

11445 E. Via Linda, Ste. #2-145, Scottsdale, AZ 85259    (Founded 2013)

Phone: 480-409-4106                        Website:

Applications accepted all year – grants awarded throughout school year


For a complete list of School Tuition Organizations, please choose the following link:

For information on the Corporate Scholarship Requirements, please choose the following link:

For a complete list of STO’s offering corporate dollars, please choose the following link: