Celebrating our donors

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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.


Tampa –  Gov. Rick Scott spoke on Dec. 12 at the Tampa Museum of Art during a donor appreciation dinner to recognize 200 corporate leaders, legislators, educators and families.

“We work to give every student and every parent learning options that work best for their families,” Scott said. “Florida families deserve the best opportunities possible for their children, and programs like the Tax Credit Scholarship help them to achieve those goals.’’

Read the press release here.

Gov. Rick Scott graciously welcomed more than 100 supporters of Step Up For Students and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program to the Governor’s Mansion on Oct. 4 to honor corporations for collectively contributing more than $900 million to the scholarship program since 2002.
Nearly 1,000 students, teachers and parental choice supporters joined Gov.-elect Rick Scott Dec. 9 at St. Petersburg Christian School to celebrate Step Up For Students and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. During the 2010-11 school year, more than 33,000 low-income students in Florida benefitted from the K-12 scholarship, which is made possible through the generous contributions of corporations. Silas Lopez, a senior at Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, told rally attendees how the scholarship made a dramatic change in his life. “You have given me a second chance at success,” he said. “I will do my best to make you proud.”

“We are honored to be part of a program that is making such a profound impact on Florida’s children and ultimately our future.”

David Lewis, CEO Central North Florida Division, UnitedHealthcare of Florida Inc.
(Since 2009, UnitedHealthcare has contributed $20 million to provide scholarships for at least 4,819 low-income children)

Read the press release

Coverage by Bay News 9

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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