With the help of a Step Up For Students scholarship, you could afford to send your child to a Catholic school near you.

Private School Scholarship Student

 Scholarships for
Private School

Get up to $7,000 a year per child for K-12 private school. New income eligibility limits.

 Scholarships for
Special Needs

Individualize the educational plan for your child with certain special needs.
Gardiner Scholarship Student

 Scholarships for
 Victims of Bullying

The Hope Scholarship gives public school parents options to place their child in an environment where their child feels safe.

 Scholarships for
 Struggling Readers

Is your child in public school grades 3-5 having trouble reading? If so, the Reading Scholarship can help.

New legislation allows more families than ever to be eligible for a scholarship. 

On May 11, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that  expands access to education choice scholarships. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2021.

About Step Up

Find out how Step Up For Students  empowers families  to pursue the most appropriate learning options for their children.
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Scholarships

Step Up For Students offers four scholarships in Florida; Florida Tax Credit, Family Empowerment, Hope and Reading.
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Our scholarship programs can help increase student achievement, strengthen instruction, and grow school enrollment.
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redefinED


We’ve been redefining public education in Florida for more than a decade.

On Sept. 1, redefinED will become reimaginED – sparking the new evolution of education choice in Florida and beyond. Read more about it here.
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Saliyha's story
Meet the Students

Stepping Up To Success

“I’m really grateful for Step Up because they’ve allowed me to go to schools that pushed me harder than I’ve ever been pushed so I can understand the world...”
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Parker's story
Meet the Students

Stepping Up To Success

"There’s no better word than to say that it gave Parker hope for his future. And it gave me hope. Making sure that as a mother, that I was making the right decisions for my son. And that he would thrive. Thrive in school. Thrive in life. Thrive. That’s what I wanted. So, the Hope Scholarship truly gave us hope.”
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Valentina’s story
Meet the Students

Stepping Up To Success

“She progressed like I have never seen before, and we were able to do that because of the Gardiner Scholarship (now the Family Empowerment Scholarship).
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Carlos' story
Meet the Students

Stepping Up To Success

After failing nearly all his classes during his middle school years, Carlos got a second chance with a Step Up scholarship and graduated high school in May 2020. When reflecting on his high school experience, Carlos said “Private school is different. The classes are smaller…There’s not one teacher that doesn’t care (here).”
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