The Independent Scholarship Fund

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Program Overview

The Independent Institute joins the successful efforts of numerous community initiatives around the country to offer children a competitive education alternative in the San Francisco East Bay.

The Independent Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a privately funded scholarship program of The Independent Institute that provides tuition assistance to low- and moderate-income families in Contra Costa and Alameda counties for K-12 private or parochial schools. The mission of ISF is to help families achieve freedom of choice in the education of their children.

Amount of Scholarship

ISF pays either $1,500 or three-fourths of a child’s annual tuition, whichever is less. In other words, if the annual tuition is less than $2,000, ISF will pay 75% of the cost. If tuition is more than $2,000, ISF will pay $1,500.

Use of the Scholarship

ISF funding can be applied toward the tuition of any private school of the family’s choice, so long as it is a California certified private school and is located within Contra Costa or Alameda counties.

Mary Theroux is interviewed on Comcast “Newsmakers” on the Independent Scholarship Fund.

For additional information about the Independent Scholarship Fund, please call the scholarship office at 510-632-1366, ext. 154, or email