Kayla's future is bright.

All because of a Step Up For Students scholarship.
"My goals after college are to be a physical therapist, have my doctorate in physical therapy specifically and to be an actress at the same time, which is a weird combo, but it’s completely achievable."
- Kayla Fudge, Step Up graduate

Kayla Fudge - Former Step Up Scholar

Giving Tuesday:


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Kayla smiles knowing her dreams of becoming a physical therapist and an actor will come true – all because of a Step Up For Students scholarship. She is one of tens of thousands of students in Florida who have benefited from a lower-income scholarship through Step Up. In fact, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship she used is proven to change lives. A major study by the Urban Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank, found that Florida Tax Credit students who were on the scholarship for at least four years were 99% more likely to attend college than their peers. That’s a number that should be celebrated.

Could you help us celebrate that 99% by creating a Facebook Fundraiser for Step Up For Students and ask your friends and family to help you reach a goal of $99?

Kayla, now a college student, is one of those scholars, and just one of the 99 reasons to give to Step Up For Students on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3. Fundraisers can be created now through Dec. 3 for the Giving Tuesday campaign. Read more of her story here.

Throughout the state of Florida, more than 136,000 disadvantaged students like her are in desperate need of someone who believes in them. By creating a fundraiser or making a gift today to Step Up For Students, you are ensuring that students from lower-income families, students with special needs, students who are victims of bullying and struggling readers have a brighter future.

A gift made today means disadvantaged children like Kayla can access numerous educational resources that best suits their needs. Our goal is to have at least 99 Facebook fundraisers created for Giving Tuesday this year.

Thank you for your support. All because of you, these deserving students will achieve their true learning potential.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser

Create a fundraiser for Step Up on Facebook and help students like Kayla.

Step Up’s mission is to empower parents to pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options for their children. Your support is invaluable.

By creating a fundraiser, you can take pride in knowing you are helping more than 136,000 disadvantaged Florida schoolchildren.

Create a fundraiser on Facebook for Step Up today, and ask your friends and family to help you reach a goal of $99.

Why $99? The Urban Institute studied the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship program and compared college enrollment of FTC students to a matched sample of Florida public school students. One of the major findings was that FTC students who were on the scholarship for at least four years were 99 percent more likely to attend college than their peers. Kayla is one of those students and just one of the 99 reasons to give!

How to create a successful Facebook fundraiser:

It's easy. Watch the how-to video and follow the steps to create your Step Up fundraiser.

  1. 1. Click here to get started.
  2. 2. Click on the "+ Raise Money" button on the right hand side.
  3. 3. Update the dollar amount to $99 and set the end date to Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019. If you start the fundraiser less than five days before Giving Tuesday, we suggest you keep the suggested end date. Click next when you're done.
  4. 4. Edit the title to make it more personal and let your friends know why you'd want them to give to Step Up. If you're a former scholarship recipient or have a child on one of the scholarship programs, this is the perfect spot to add that.
  5. 5. Click here to download a cover photo for this campaign and upload it as the cover photo for your fundraiser.
  6. 6. Then click on "Create" and share it with your friends and family.

Happy fundraising and thank you for helping Florida schoolchildren.

Please note: Participation in Giving Tuesday through a donation or by creating a fundraiser is not required to receive a scholarship.

You have the power to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children who need it most.

39 fundraisers of 99 created
Kayla Fudge, a former Step Up scholar