Ian Holmes-White

Ian Holmes-White

“I have five siblings. My father passed away when I was 9 years old and I remember it like it was yesterday. My mother is a hard-working woman who struggles every day to support us.”

“My older brother went to public school and, apparently, he faced some bullying. Mom didn’t want to put the rest of us through that, so she tried to keep us in private school. But that wouldn’t be possible without the tax credit scholarship.”

“Now, I’m a freshman at Leo High School. The class sizes are small and teachers are very supportive. If there’s something I’m not understanding they offer me help during my lunch period.”

“I know that there are other schools, but Leo is the best school for me. It’s a place where I can be myself and not be judged. For the first time in my life, I feel like I enjoy school.”

“Mom says the cost is normally $700 a month and we’re paying about $100. If the scholarship goes away, I’m afraid that my future could be in jeopardy. My friends and my support system could disappear overnight.”

“A lot of kids out there have potential they can’t reach without a scholarship.”

Ian Holmes-White
Freshman, Leo High School
Chicago, Illinois

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