When families are in charge of their children's education, students thrive.

We need your help!

You can help children achieve their maximum potential through the gift of education. 

You can help a child today.

Step Up For Students administers two scholarship programs for Florida schoolchildren as young as 3 years old.

For 15 years, low-income families have been benefiting from the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, which allows families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade to direct funds towards tuition and fees at a private school or to transportation expenses to an out-of-district public school. 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.

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 two 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 donation@sufs.org.
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. Now, she is pursuing a master’s degree.

Hear From Our Families

Donate today and help us maximize the impact of the scholarships.
Need inspiration? Hear from additional Step Up families & students:

Joel receives the (FTC) income-based scholarship

Liam receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship

Braelyn receives the (FTC) income-based scholarship.

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.