Important Update Regarding Ohio House Bill 197 & EdChoice

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to notify you that once again Bishop Fenwick High School will be a provider for the EdChoice Scholarship Program with the State of Ohio Department of Education for the coming school year.  The 2020-2021 EdChoice Scholarship amount for grades 9-12 is $6,000.  The application period has reopened effective July 15, 2020.

On March 25, the Ohio House Bill 197 passed and was signed by our governor. One item in this bill changes the EdChoice eligibility of students for the 2020-2021 school year:

Bill197.13. Limits the number of Ed Choice designated school buildings for the 2020-2021 school year to those buildings previously eligible in the 2019-20 school year; allows siblings of current scholarship recipients, incoming kindergarten students, and rising high school students to receive a performance-based scholarship for the 2020-21 school year if the building they attend or would attend meets these criteria.

 To summarize:

  • RENEWAL APPLICATIONS  – Any student or incoming freshman who is currently receiving an EdChoice Scholarship (RENEWAL) for the 2019-2020 school year will remain eligible for the 2020-21 school year.  For anyone who has submitted a renewal application to us for the 2020-2021 school year, they were submitted to the State of Ohio today.  If you have not turned in your paperwork, please do so as soon as possible.
  • NEW APPLICANTS – TRADITIONAL EDCHOICE – New applicants applying for an EdChoice Scholarship for the first time for the 2020-2021 school year must adhere to the 2019-2020 designated school list.  This list eliminates many of the schools which were added this past October such: Lebanon HS, Middletown HS, Princeton HS, Fairfield HS, New Miami HS, Preble Shawnee HS and West Carrollton HS, to name a few.   If you feel you qualify and have not turned in your paperwork, please send to as soon as possible.
  • Exception – If a family qualifies for low income status (meets federal poverty guidelines at 200%), the student may be eligible for the EXPANSION Program – see below for details.

The EDCHOICE EXPANSION PROGRAM is an income-based program. It provides students in grades K – 12 the opportunity to attend a private school for little cost if families meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Families are still responsible for any fees outside of tuition.  This program is only open to students who do not qualify for the Traditional EdChoice Scholarship and meet the guideline as outlined on the attached application.  Any family who feel they qualify for low income status (meets federal poverty guidelines at 200%) and would not attend a public school on the designated 2019-2020 school list may be eligible to apply for the Expansion Program. The submission window for this scholarship has reopened effective July 15, 2020.  For those families who have submitted the appropriate forms and documentation, the information has been submitted    If you feel you qualify and have not yet submitted your Request Form and Income Verification Form along with appropriate documents, please complete, scan and email to as soon as possible.



Currently (this is subject to change) all current and future Falcons living in the following districts, listed by county, geographically surrounding Fenwick and having high schools designated as underperforming by the Ohio Department of Education, are eligible to apply.  A student must be registered for the 2020-21 school year to apply through Bishop Fenwick.  Scholarships are limited so there is no guarantee of an award.  For a complete list go to EdChoice Designated Schools

Butler County

  • Hamilton

Hamilton County

  • Cincinnati

Montgomery County

  • Dayton
  • Jefferson Township

If approved, the scholarship can be renewed each year through grade 12 as long as the student:

  1. Does not move to another public school district, unless the student would be assigned to an EdChoice-designated public school in the student’s new district.
  2. Takes all required state achievement tests; and
  3. Does not have more than 20 unexcused absences for the school year.

Below is the  EdChoice Facts sheet which can answer questions.  Please visit the EdChoice Web page at or send email to for additional information.

Income Requirements for Expansion 2020-2021

Fact Sheet

Acceptable Forms of Address Verification

Renewal Form

Income VerForm

EdChoice Request Form

If you have any questions you can go to the State of Ohio website – EDCHOICE or contact Morgan Kurtz at

Wishing you continued health and happiness during these uncertain times.