GEICO Contributes $2 Million to Fund Scholarships for Low-income FL Students

GEICO contributions to Step Up For Students Scholarship Program add up to nearly $10 million since 2010

October 9, 2013 | Tampa, Fla. – GEICO has announced that the company will be contributing $2 million to Step Up For Students, the nonprofit that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This will fund scholarships for more than 397 low-income Florida students this school year.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the GEICO gecko and company representatives visited St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Tampa to deliver the good news. The school, which serves children in prekindergarten through eighth grade, has 120 students participating in the scholarship program this year.

“GEICO has a strong commitment to the communities we serve, and helping to provide educational options for underprivileged families is a big way that we give back,” said George Rogers, GEICO regional vice president. “We are proud of our partnership with the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, and could not be more pleased to know that our contributions are helping Florida students gain access to the best schools for the way they learn.”

“We are proud of our partnership with the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, and could not be more pleased to know that our contributions are helping Florida students gain access to the best schools for the way they learn.”George Rogers, GEICO regional vice president

This marks the fourth year that GEICO has supported the scholarship program. Since joining Step Up as a corporate partner in 2010, the company has contributed $9.8 million, the equivalent of 2,225 scholarships.

Step Up For Students receives its funding through corporate donations. Companies with certain types of Florida tax liabilities can choose to redirect their taxes to fund scholarships for low-income families. Step Up For Students has awarded approximately 60,000 scholarships to low-income students this school year with tuition scholarships valued up to $4,880 per student.

“With GEICO’s support over the past four years, our organization has been able to provide scholarships for more than 2,200 low-income students,” said Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill. “We and our scholarship families are humbled and grateful for GEICO’s generosity.”

About GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States. GEICO handles auto insurance coverage for 11 million private passenger auto policies and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers insurance products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, collector cars, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.

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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