Johnson Brothers Donates $3 Million to Fund Scholarships for Low-income Florida Children

August 1, 2012 | Tampa, Fla. – Johnson Brothers of Florida, a beverage distribution company, announced today that they are joining Step Up For Students’ mission to provide school choice opportunities for Florida students.

The company has pledged $3 million to the Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which will fund nearly 700 scholarships for underprivileged Florida students to attend the school that best meets their individual learning needs.

In 2001, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. This program is an innovative initiative allowing companies to redirect a portion of their tax liability to Step Up For Students to fund scholarships for low-income students in Florida.

During the 2011-2012 school year, Step Up For Students awarded over 40,000 scholarships to low-income students in Florida. Johnson Brothers commitment of $3 million will assist Step Up For Students with their expanding goal of awarding 45,000 student scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.

“We are extremely excited to announce our partnership with Step Up For Students,” said Frank Galante, Johnson Brothers of Florida president. “Together we are looking forward to giving less fortunate children the opportunity for a quality education. As a family-owned company, we consider this program a natural fit with our corporate values and we are thrilled to be able to help these students and their families.”

“We are extremely excited to announce our partnership with Step Up For Students. Together we are looking forward to giving less fortunate children the opportunity for a quality education. As a family-owned company, we consider this program a natural fit with our corporate values and we are thrilled to be able to help these students and their families.”Frank Galante, Johnson Brothers of Florida president

Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill said he is proud of the new partnership with Johnson Brothers of Florida.

“Almost 700 disadvantaged children will benefit from the generosity of Johnson Brothers of Florida,” Tuthill said. “We are honored to partner with such a family-friendly corporate citizen.”

About Johnson Brothers of Florida

Johnson Brothers of Florida is based in Tampa and has been servicing the State of Florida since 1989.  First established during the spring of 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Johnson Brothers has grown into one of the top beverage distributors is the country. The company currently distributes beverages to 24 counties throughout Central and Southwest Florida.

For more information, please visit www.JohnsonBrothers.com.

About Step Up For Students

In 2001, the Florida Legislature founded the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship Program as a way to give low-income families a voice in their children’s education.  This innovative program gives dollar-for-dollar state tax credits to corporations with a Florida tax liability as a funding mechanism for the scholarship program. Step Up For Students is the only state-approved scholarship funding organization administering the Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

For more information or to learn how your corporation can participate in the program, visit www.StepUpForStudents.org.

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