You can help us maximize the impact of the scholarships with an employee giving campaign. With just a small deduction per paycheck, your employees can help fund programs that are crucial to the success of Florida’s disadvantaged schoolchildren. This year, we are serving more than 105,000 Step Up scholars.

By taking a few simple steps, you and your colleagues can fund programs that are crucial to the success of Florida’s disadvantaged schoolchildren.

  • Is Step Up For Students an approved charity for your employee giving program? If not, use our EIN – Employer Identification Number – (59-3649371) to add us to your list of approved charities.
  • No employee giving program? No problem. Step Up For Students can assist your Human Resources and Payroll departments in setting up a deduction toward our vital programs
  • Please help us spread the word about Step Up For Students! Some of your employees may benefit from one of our scholarship programs. By posting fliers in your breakrooms and including information about Step Up in your employee communications, you can help raise awareness about our two scholarships. It’s that easy to empower your employees to find the best learning options for their children.
  • Contact Step Up's Advancement Team with any questions at: (727) 300-0093 or email donation@sufs.org. Click here to download the Step Up For Students Employee Giving PDF.



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.


Your support will allow Step Up to maximize the impact of the scholarships the students receive.

Every child deserves a chance to succeed.

Hear From Our Families

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.

Our dedication to students doesn’t end when they receive a scholarship. Your support will enable Step Up to maximize the impact of the scholarships the students receive.