AT&T Donates $25,000 to Step Up For Students

FEBRUARY 28, 2019 |

AT&T, a communications technology company serving millions of U.S. consumers and global businesses with video, broadband and voice services, announced today a contribution of $25,000 to Step Up For Students. This donation will help maximize the impact of the Gardiner Scholarship Program.

AT&T announced a $25,000 contribution to Step Up For Students. Pictured (adults from left to right) are Step Up For Students Development Officer Renae Sweeney, AT&T Regional Director Kevin Craig, and Step Up For Students COO Anne White.

Step Up For Students helps administer the Gardiner Scholarship Program which empowers parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs. The Gardiner Scholarship is different than other Florida scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.

“AT&T’s contribution will help Step Up For Students ensure that parents have access to information to help them make the most informed decisions for their child’s education ultimately leading to positive educational outcomes. We are grateful for AT&T’s investment in our scholars’ futures.” said Doug Tuthill, president, Step Up For Students.

Step Up For Students is serving more than 9,500 Gardiner scholars throughout Florida during the 2017-18 school year.

“AT&T is committed to ensuring students are prepared to be productive citizens. An investment in the Gardiner Scholarship Program through Step Up For Students helps parents make the best choices to prepare their children for the future,” said Joe York, President AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico & USVI.

*About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T: AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. We have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. Our AT&T Aspire initiative uses innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships, and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Step Up For Students:

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Step Up also helps administer state-funded Gardiner Scholarship 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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