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Step Up For Students administers four scholarship programs for Florida schoolchildren as young as 3 years old and up to 22 years old.

Since 2001, the Florida Legislature created the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program to assure lower-income children have more learning options. The scholarships are based on financial need, not how well a child does in school. Families may choose between financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees or transportation costs to attend a public school in another district.

For students ages 3 to 22 with certain special needs, the Gardiner Scholarship program puts parents in the driver’s seat allowing them to use scholarship funds like a savings account. Scholarship funds can be spent on crucial needs such as therapies, assistive technological devices, and even towards tuition and fees at a participating private school of the parent’s choice.

In 2018, the Florida Legislature created the Hope Scholarship Program to give public school children in Florida relief from bullying and violence. The scholarship gives parents the opportunity to transfer their child to another K-12 public school with available capacity within the school district, receive a scholarship to transport the student to a public school in another school district, or to request a scholarship for the student to attend an eligible private school.

Additionally, in 2018 the Reading Scholarship was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy. 

Step Up For Students believes every child has the right to a learning environment that works best for them. A child’s education should not be limited by financial means nor disability. Through its scholarships, educational support services and advocacy, Step Up empowers parents to give their children a chance at a brighter future. We have achieved much and have made an impact on thousands of families with the four scholarships we administer. But our dedication to students doesn’t end when we give them a scholarship. With your help, Step Up is able to maximize the impact of the scholarships by creating education-based innovations and helping enrich existing resources. As an example, our Office of Student Learning offers continued educational support services and professional development to strengthen partnerships between home and school, fostering student success. These services maximize the impact of the scholarship by helping to ensure learning continues beyond the scholarship.

How To Reach Us

If you have questions or need additional information about contributing to Step Up For Students, please contact us at (727) 300-0093 or

1. Donate by mail: Download a printer-friendly form to mail to us.

2. Donate by phone: Please call us at (727) 300-0093

Step Up For Students is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) code; contributions are fully tax-deductible up to the amount allowed by law. Our financial records are audited each year, and an audited financial statement is available upon request.

A Quality Education Changes Everything

Denisha failed third grade twice before receiving a scholarship. She now has bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is working for the US Department of Education in Washington DC. 

Hear From Our Families

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Joel receives the (FTC) income-based scholarship

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Sara receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship.

Briana & Jeremiah receive the (FTC) income-based scholarships.

Daniel receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship.

Shawnay receives the (FTC) income-based scholarship.

Julian receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship.