Scholarships for Public Elementary School Students Needing Reading Support

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Building Stronger Readers

Reading skills provide a foundation for academic success starting at an early age. Students who struggle with reading may continue to struggle to reach their full learning potential. The New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts enable early intervention to support students in moving ahead.

The program benefits students in grades K-5 by providing families with access to an education savings account (ESA) of $500 to pay for programs and materials designed to boost reading skills.
Who Is Eligible?
Florida public and charter school students in:
Grades 3-5 who scored below Level 3 on the statewide, standardized English Language Arts (ELA) assessment in the prior school year (2021-2022)
Grades 3-5 who score a Level 1 or Level 2 on the Grades 3-10 FAST ELA Reading for Progress Monitoring 1 (PM1), PM2 or PM3 in 2022-2023 OR
Grades K-2 in 2022-2023 who are identified with a substantial reading deficiency per Rule 6A-6.053 F.A.C.
Funding priority will be given to students indicated as English Language Learners who are enrolled in a program or receiving services specifically designed to meet their instructional needs.

Reading Scholarship Parent Handbook

For more information on the Reading Scholarship, download our handbook.
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How Does It Work?

New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts provides access to an education savings account (ESA). The ESA functions like a bank account with funds you can spend on educational resources.

This includes:

  • Part-time tutoring in reading
  • Summer or after-school programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills
  • Curriculum or instructional materials including books and some technology items

Dollars from this scholarship must be used in ways that improve reading and literacy.

Pre-approved services and products are available through Step Up For Students' Education Market Assistant (EMA) where families can use their scholarship dollars directly without having to pay out of pocket. Families also have the option to purchase services and products and submit a reimbursement claim through EMA.

  1. Apply for the scholarship through Step Up For Students EMA.
  2. If approved, Step Up For Students will notify you when your ESA funds are available.
  3. Login to the EMA portal to find pre-approved services and products. Payments to providers and vendors can be made directly from the ESA, or families can purchase pre-approved services and products for your student and request reimbursement through EMA.

 

For more information, please see the Parent Handbook
Delivering a New World To You
Students who are eligible for the New Worlds Reading Scholarship Account may also be eligible to receive a free book each month through the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida.

This literacy program helps Florida’s struggling readers build a personalized library based on their interests while providing families with practical supporting materials that build reading confidence. Books are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and braille language formats.
For more information

Support Florida's Reading Scholars

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the New Worlds Reading Scholarship worth and how can it be used?

The scholarships are worth $500 each and can be used for the following:

  • Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring provided by a person who holds a valid Florida educator’s certificate, a baccalaureate or graduate degree in Reading, Elementary Education, or English Education, an adjunct teaching certificate, or has demonstrated mastery of the subject area knowledge.
  • Fees for summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
  • Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
  • Instructional materials, including desktop and laptop computers and tablets and curriculum related to reading or literacy.

To avoid upfront costs, Reading Scholarship families may choose one of Step Up For Students' direct-pay options. Our direct-pay options include part-time tutors, after-school and summer reading programs, and shopping for pre-approved items through the EMA.

Reading Scholarship families may also choose to pay out-of-pocket for approved goods and services. Families may then log in to EMA to submit a reimbursement request.

Please refer to the New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts Handbook for more information.

How do I apply?

Please click here to apply for the New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts.

Families will need to first create an EMA account. Next, they will create their Guardian Profile. After that, families can add students to the "My Students" tab. Finally, parents can click on the "apply" button for the New Worlds Reading Scholarship.

Where can I find the Reading Scholarship Handbook?

Please click here for the 2022-23 New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts Handbook.

What can I expect after I’ve applied for the Reading Scholarship Program?

Step Up For Students will send you updates to the email address you used when you applied. You may also login to EMA to view the status of your application at any time.

How can I view the balance of my student's Reading Scholarship Account?

Funded families may login to EMA at any time to view their student’s New Worlds Reading Scholarship Account balance.

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