Waste Management Inc. of Florida makes $5 million contribution to scholarship program

FEBRUARY 14, 2019 | 

Waste Management Inc. of Florida, the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in Florida, made a $5 million contribution to Step Up For Students, a Florida-based nonprofit, which administers scholarships to lower-income schoolchildren.

Waste Management’s donation will fund scholarships for 744 Florida children, giving them the opportunity to attend the school that best meets their learning needs. Since partnering with Step Up For Students, Waste Management has provided more than 8,980 scholarships.

Waste Management celebrates a $5 million contribution to Step Up For Students at Hope Academy in Miami, Florida. Pictured (adults from left to right) are Step Up For Students Vice President of Development Anne Francis, Waste Management representative Arnoldo Cedilo, Step Up For Students CFO Joe Pfountz, Waste Management representative Roly Vega, and Step Up For Students Development Officer Renae Sweeney. They are joined by students who are benefiting from the scholarship.

Waste Management celebrates a $5 million contribution to Step Up For Students at Potential Christian School in Cooper City, Florida. Pictured (adults from left to right) are Step Up For Students Development Officer Renae Sweeney, Waste Management Government Affairs Director Luigi Pace, Step Up For Students CFO Joe Pfountz, Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross, and Step Up For Students Vice President of Development Anne Francis. They are joined by students who are benefiting from the scholarship.

“We are proud of the impact we’ve had on Florida schoolchildren through our contributions to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program,” said Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications for Waste Management Inc. of Florida. “Waste Management is committed to helping families in our communities and we know this partnership is doing just that.”

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The program is funded by corporations with tax-credited donations and allows parents and students to choose between a K-12 scholarship to support private school tuition and fees, or one that assists with transportation costs to out-of-county public schools.

“We are thrilled that Waste Management has partnered with us again to provide educational options for lower-income families in Florida,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “We are grateful for their continued  generosity and commitment to helping students in our community.”

 

For the 2018-19 school year, Step Up For Students is serving more than 98,500 students throughout Florida with tuition scholarships valued at up to $6,519 per student for kindergarten through fifth grade, $6,815 for sixth through eighth grade, and $7,111 for ninth through 12th grade. More than 1,800 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.

 

About Waste Management

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection, transfer, disposal services, and recycling and resource recovery. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The Company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

 

About Step Up For Students 
Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps administer the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Students who qualify for the national free or reduced-price lunch, or those who are homeless or in foster or out-of-home care, may qualify. The scholarship program provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or financial assistance to offset the transportation cost to an out-of-district public school. Since 2001, Step Up has awarded more than 680,000 scholarships.

A first-of-its-kind study on the long-term effects of the scholarship program by The Urban Institute found that students who use the scholarship four or more years are up to 43 percent more likely to go to college and up to 29 percent more likely to earn an associates degree than their peers.

Step Up also helps administer the state-funded Gardiner Scholarship for Florida students with certain special needs, plus two new scholarships, the Hope Scholarship for public school students who are bullied and the Reading Scholarship Accounts for third- through fifth-grade students enrolled in public school who struggle with reading.

For more information, visit: www.StepUpForStudents.org.

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