Step Up For Students scholarship program’s mission receives support from Bay County business
STEP UP FOR STUDENTS impacts the poverty cycle by providing educational options for lower-income Florida families. For the 2017-18 school year, Step Up For Students is serving more than 100,000 students throughout Florida with tuition scholarships valued at up to $6,343 -$6,920 for grades K-12. In Bay, Escambia and Okaloosa counties this school year, 43 schools are participating in the program which will benefit more than 2,475 students.
Panama City-based Summit Bank, N.A., has announced a $100,000 contribution to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, funding 15 scholarships for the 2017-18 school year in Bay County, Escambia County and Okaloosa County. This marks the fourth year Summit Bank has supported the scholarship program. Since joining Step Up as a corporate partner in 2014, the company has contributed a total of $450,000, the equivalent of 77 scholarships.
“Summit Bank is committed to making a difference in our local communities and is excited to provide the opportunity for 15 families to find the right learning environment for their child through the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program,” said President and CEO Andy Stein. “We hope this support helps propel these students towards educational success and bright futures.”
“We are grateful that Summit Bank joins us in our mission to impact the poverty cycle by providing educational options for lower-income Florida families,” said Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill. “On behalf of Step Up and the students participating in our program, we thank Summit Bank for their generosity.”
About Step Up For Students
Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program for financially disadvantaged Florida schoolchildren. 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.
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. Since 2001, Step Up has awarded more than 680,000 scholarships. Step Up also helps administer state-funded Gardiner Scholarship for Florida students with certain special needs. For more information, visit www.StepUpForStudents.org.