Centennial Bank Announces a $1 Million Contribution to Fund Scholarships for Low-Income FL Children

May 25, 2012 | Panama City, Fla. – Centennial Bank announced today it pledged $1 million to the Step Up For Students Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Representatives from the company visited scholarship recipients at Saint John Catholic School today, a local school that participates in the scholarship program, to present the contribution.

During the 2011-12 school year, Step Up For Students awarded more than 39,400 scholarships to underprivileged students in Florida. There are 14 students who attend Saint John Catholic School with help from a Step Up For Students Scholarship.

During the 2011-12 school year, Step Up For Students awarded more than 39,400 scholarships to underprivileged students in Florida. There are 14 students who attend Saint John Catholic School with help from a Step Up For Students Scholarship.

Centennial Bank’s tax redirection will provide over 223 scholarships for low-income children in Florida to attend the school that best meets their individual learning needs while receiving dollar-for-dollar tax credits for their contribution.

“On behalf of the Florida families benefitting from a Step Up For Students scholarship, we are so grateful for Centennial Bank’s support and their generous contribution, that will fund more than 220 scholarships for low-income students across the state,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “The positive impact that Centennial Bank will make through their donation is profound. We are thankful for their partnership and humbled by their generosity.”

Created in 2001 by the Florida legislature, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows corporations to redirect up to 100 percent of their Florida corporate income tax to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program.

“We are proud to support the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, and are thrilled that together we will help to provide educational opportunity for low-income students in Florida, ” said Joey Ginn, Market President of Centennial Bank in Florida. “Corporate responsibility is an important piece of our business, so we were happy to participate in Step Up For Students, which recognizes the power of a quality education that is tailored to the individual needs of today’s students, particularly those who are less fortunate.”

“We are proud to support the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, and are thrilled that together we will help to provide educational opportunity for low-income students in Florida. Corporate responsibility is an important piece of our business, so we were happy to participate in Step Up For Students, which recognizes the power of a quality education that is tailored to the individual needs of today’s students, particularly those who are less fortunate.”Joey Ginn, Market President of Centennial Bank

During the 2011-12 school year, Step Up For Students awarded more than 39,400 scholarships to underprivileged students in Florida. There are 14 students who attend Saint John Catholic School with help from a Step Up For Students Scholarship.

About Centennial Bank

Centennial Bank is a customer focused bank that provides a broad range of commercial and retail banking and related financial services to businesses, investors, individuals and municipalities. With locations throughout the Florida Keys, Panhandle, southwest and central Florida plus all of Central Arkansas, Centennial Bank prides itself on excellent customer service, convenience to account holders and taking care of the communities in which it operates.

About Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is the nonprofit organization responsible for administering the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch and provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions.

For more information, visit www.stepupforstudents.org.

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