A Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary aim is to give scholarships to students. Among SGO responsibilities are:

• Receiving donations from individuals and corporations;

• Receiving and processing scholarship applications from students/families; and

• Distributing scholarships to eligible students/families in accordance with the law.

• Determining whether students meet the income eligibility requirements to receive a scholarship and must distribute scholarships to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. SGOs must honor restrictions placed on donations from individuals, if any.