CenterState Bank Announces $2,500 Contribution to Step Up For Students Scholarship Program


CenterState Bank, a Florida-based community bank, today announced a $2,500 contribution to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program.

This is the fourth consecutive year that CenterState Bank has partnered with Step Up For Students, a nonprofit organization that helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contribution.

“CenterState Bank is proud to contribute to the education of our local students. We believe in community and our children are the future of our communities,” said Eddie Smith, VP/Retail Branch Manager II for CenterState Bank. “It is our honor to aid in providing scholarships to those who work hard to further their education.”

Step Up For Students awarded nearly 78,000 scholarships to low-income students for the 2015-16 school year, with tuition scholarships valued up to $5,677 per student. More than 1,600 private schools participated in the scholarship program statewide. Scholars could also choose a $500 scholarship to offset the cost of transportation to an out-of-county public school.

“Step Up For Students knows that children learn in different ways and that families like many options to find the best learning environment for their children. This program continues to help Florida families customize their children’s educational experiences,” said Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students president. “We are grateful that CenterState Bank supports our mission and, together, we look forward to providing more families with more educational options.”

About CenterState Bank

CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services from 66 branches and four loan production offices throughout the state. Member FDIC. For more information, please visit:

About Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Students who qualify for free-or reduced-price lunch, or those who are homeless or in foster or out-of-home care may qualify. Since 2001, Step Up has awarded nearly 480,000 scholarships.

Step Up also helps administer state-funded Gardiner Scholarship, formerly known as Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSA), for Florida students with certain special needs. With the Gardiner Scholarship, recipients may use the funds for a variety of approved services including private tutoring, occupational therapy, instructional materials and other services.

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