9590 East Shea Boulevard Scottsdale, AZ 85260-6724

480.860.1188 Ext. 290 helpdesk@sotdef.org

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Tax Credits

School Choice



The Foundation

Shepherd of the Desert Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, founded in 2000 and developed under the guidelines provided in the Arizona Private School Tuition Tax Credit Law of 1998. The mission of the foundation is identifying deserving students and providing scholarship grants to support their private Christian education.


Since 2008 SOTDEF has awarded from 100% to 95% of donations for tuition grants making sure your donation benefits a child in need

How does it Work?

We receive tax credit donations that are allocated as tuition scholarships to eligible K-12 students based on financial need

How do I Apply?

Register then submit an online application. We will contact you if approved.

How do I Donate?

Select the donate button and select the type of gift you wish to make.


For Donors

Donating as an individual or a corporation, you are making a difference in the life of a child.

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Applying for Scholarship

We provide scholarships to students and families based on financial need using FAIR information.

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For Schools

We support all private K-12 Lutheran schools in AZ with scholarships and make it easy to manage.

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