Celebrating our donors

The scholarships that give educational opportunity to tens of thousands of low-income schoolchildren would not be possible without the contributions of corporations. Step Up For Students helps educate and celebrate its corporate partners during events that feature our students and families, schools and supporters of the program.

Students from across the state stepped onto the stage of the historic Tampa Theatre in November 2010 to showcase their talents and bring attention to Step Up For Students and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. For many of the performers, the scholarship helped them find a school where they could succeed academically.

But the real stars of the event were the people sitting in the balcony: The program’s donors and supporters.

“Today we are sharing what we have learned in school and are performing and showcasing our talents as our way of saying thank you,” said student emcee and scholarship recipient Rylee Johnson, a junior at the time attending the Academy of Holy Names in Tampa. “Because what better way to say thank you to someone than to show them that you will succeed? And success – in whatever form it takes – is what this program is all about. By supporting Step Up For Students, you have all recognized that not every student learns the same way. We are all different, and so different schools work best for each of us.”

Coverage of the Celebration of Achievement event here.

 

Our Students:

Nearly 70 percent of the scholarship students are African-American or Hispanic, 54 percent live with only one parent. They live, on average, just 4.5 percent above poverty. They ranked among the lowest-performing students in the public schools they left behind.

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