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.
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.
“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.
“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)
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.Our Stories