Alabama Accountability Act

Scholarships for Kids

The Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) authorizes donation-funded scholarships that enable low-income students, often zoned for failing schools, to attend qualified private schools. These scholarships are granted by specially created Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) for the sole purpose of taking private donations and awarding them to low-income students in schools that have qualified to receive funds.


How You Make a Difference in the Lives of Cornerstone Students

Cornerstone receives funding from Scholarships for Kids, a state-approved Scholarship Granting Organization under the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013.

Individual taxpayers who donate to Scholarships for Kids may receive a credit of up to 50% of their state tax liability not to exceed $50,000. Corporate taxpayers may receive a credit of up to 50% of their state tax liability, and there is no maximum.

Over 85% of Cornerstone students are zoned for failing schools. Through this program, over 330 students, who would not otherwise have school choice, are given scholarships to attend Cornerstone and receive an excellent education. 

To make a no-cost donation and benefit Cornerstone, follow these steps:

  1. 1. Register your donation on
  2. 2. Set up a MAT account, or sign in.
  3. 3. Click on “Report a donation to an SGO”
  4. 4. Choose “Scholarships For Kids, Inc.” as the SGO name
  5. 5. Enter your donation amount (up to 50% of your tax liability)
  6. 6. Mail your check:
    1. Scholarships for Kids
    2. P.O. Box 10204
    3. Birmingham, AL 35202
  7. 7. Include a note with your check that your donation is inspired by Cornerstone Schools of Alabama.

After the steps are completed, you will receive a letter from the State confirming your tax credit. Please feel free to contact your accountant with this information. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mary Claire McDougald via email or 205-769-0278.



“Cornerstone has impacted my family in a huge way. My son was motivated and encouraged by teachers, counselors and staff when they noticed he was not giving his all to his academics. They provided him with the tools he needed to be successful after high school and in life. My son has been very successful in his internship because Cornerstone helped to prepare him to go far in life.”

– Ms. Williams, parent of Cornerstone alumni, Larry, who was a recipient of the SFK scholarship







My kids have come a long way while attending Cornerstone.  I am super proud of all three of them.  Cornerstone is not only a school; they are like a second family. It has given my boys so many great opportunities to be successful in life. Cornerstone really lives up to its mission to inspire students and is committed to academic excellence and character development through Christ-centered learning.”
– Ms. Cummings, parent of Cornerstone students DeMikah, Dren’Non, and Dray’Lon, who was are recipients of the SFK scholarship




Scholarships for Kids is a Birmingham-based SGO that works with Cornerstone Schools to make Cornerstone a feasible option for any family seeking quality private education in a Christian environment.

If you are curious about Scholarships for Kids or other ways to become involved with Cornerstone Schools, click the link below. For additional information or if you need help making your donation, please contact Mary Claire McDougald via email or 205-769-0278.