Category: School Choice

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After taking charge of his education, Step Up alumni achieves goal of attending University of Florida

On a Wednesday morning in early January, a day after he turned 20, Josep Amiguet walked into a classroom inside Matherly Hall on the edge of campus for his intermediate microeconomics class, his first as a student at the University of Florida. “OK,” he remembers thinking, “I’m here.” It took three years of laser-like focus […]
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Education choice brought liberty, opportunity for immigrant

For Leidiana Candelario, moving from the Dominican Republic to Miami at age 8 was a major lifestyle transition. It didn’t go very well at first -- until an education choice scholarship from Step Up For Students changed everything. Leidiana was miserable in her assigned elementary school, describing herself as an “outcast.” Her unfamiliarity with English […]
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Podcast: Young, energetic and eager to enlighten a new audience about Education Choice

On this podcast, Walter Blanks Jr. and Nathan Cunneen talk about their new endeavor, the School Choice Boyz podcast with Roger Mooney, manager, communications, at Step Up For Students. Both Walter and Nate are products of school choice. Nate attended Bradenton Christian School in Florida on a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Walter attended private schools […]
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Two families, football and education choice helps Junior realize his dreams of a college scholarship

TAMPA, Florida – Jessie “Junior” Vandeross considers himself “blessed” because: His father died when he was 3. He has a heart murmur that was detected when he was in the seventh grade and threatened to end his athletic career. The grim memories of the day his father passed away surfaced when Junior was in the […]
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Sisters make education choice scholarships a family affair

It has been nearly a decade since Jasmine and Emily Rojas graduated Abundant Life Christian Academy as eighth graders, yet in a sense, they never left. The sisters still email or visit their former teachers and volunteer for school activities. When Jasmine needed a letter of recommendation for dental school, she turned to Abundant Life […]
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Sen. Rubio praises Step Up scholarships for providing life-changing opportunities

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) recently joined the Brookings Institute to discuss his role in the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, which exists within the U.S Commission on Civil Rights’ Office of the Staff Director. The bipartisan, 19-member Commission, comprised of congressional lawmakers, executive branch appointees, issue experts, activists, and other stakeholders, examines […]
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Cadence Bank provides education opportunities for more than 100 students with donation to Step Up

Cadence Bank (NYSE: CADE), formerly BancorpSouth Bank, today announced a $800,000 contribution to Step Up For Students to support disadvantaged youth in Florida.   The contribution will be used to provide educational opportunities to more than 100 students through K-12 scholarships and underscores Cadence’s commitment to supporting programs and initiatives that help its communities thrive. Since […]
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Education choice scholarship helps Ny'Reon create blueprint for his future

Ny’Reon Shuman has a blueprint for his future. The 17-year-old has designs on being an architect. He wants to own an architectural firm, one with offices around the world. He wants to design a big house for his grandmother, Katherine Shuman, who adopted him when he was an infant. He calls her “Mom.” “She’s made […]
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Dreams of owning a home, quality schools for the boys come true thanks to education choice scholarship

ORLANDO, Florida – Juliette Harrell was 17 when she told her mom she was pregnant. She was promptly kicked out of her house. A single mother herself, Juliette’s mom painted a bitter picture of Juliette’s new world. “My mom told me my life was over. You got to take care of your kids. You can’t […]
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20 years of Educational Opportunity: Once a beneficiary of education choice, Ashley is now an advocate

The first time Ashley Elliott realized her story could make a difference was when she found herself in Washington, D.C., moving from the office of Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Orlando) to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) to talk about the importance of education choice. It works, Ashley said. You’re looking at proof. It was a Florida Tax […]
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