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Adopted siblings thrive in private school after severe neglect in early childhood
Editor’s note: To mark National Adoption Awareness Month, we highlight the tax credit scholarship that serves children who are or[...]
Military family on mission to raise awareness for Gardiner scholarships
By JEFF BARLIS TAMPA, Fla. – Two months after her son was diagnosed with autism, Laurie Guzman felt broken and[...]
Scholarship, private school led a tormented girl to happiness
By JEFF BARLIS MIAMI – It’s hard to miss Nicole Meneses at Pneuma Christian Academy. If she’s not front and[...]
Scholarship helps smiles return for student and her parents
Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on redefinED on February 10, 2017. By JEFF BARLIS Maria and Marcos Verciano will never[...]
From bullied and failing to Hope, honors and college
By JEFF BARLIS GROVELAND, Fla. – The sign at their church trumpeted the opening of a new private school: HOPE[...]
Choosing the right school helped turn tragedy into triumph
By JEFF BARLIS ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – In the damp, rising heat of a late-morning graduation ceremony in May, with[...]
After school choice helps her, she helps Puerto Rico
By JEFF BARLIS Last fall, as she started her senior year in high school, IvonD’liz Chernoff was full of love[...]
Scholarship student soars after hurdling language barrier
By JEFF BARLIS The day after Maria Corrales’ tear-soaked graduation ceremony from St. Brendan High School, her mother, Carmen Urquijo,[...]
Brave warrior, inspiring model flourishes with scholarship
By DAVID HUDSON TUTHILL Her name means “Brave Warrior” in Spanish. That might not conjure up the image of a[...]
Football? Academics? Scholarship student chooses both at Dartmouth
By JEFF BARLIS Robert Crockett III is engaged in hand-to-hand combat with his uncooperative red-and-white striped necktie as a photographer[...]
Student Spotlight: Scholarship student enjoying the calm after the storm
  By JEFF BARLIS The lean, angular kid arrived at his new school three years ago, whip-smart and rage-filled. TJ[...]
Brothers making great strides at Jacksonville School for Autism
By GEOFF FOX Ethan Alexander was decompressing in a multi-purpose room at Jacksonville School for Autism. The lights were out[...]
A private school off the beaten path was the key to a major turnaround
By JEFF BARLIS Kelly Perkins was in a full-blown panic when she woke up at 5:15 a.m. and her son[...]
Choice scholarship saved life of bullying victim
By JEFF BARLIS The note was written on a torn piece of paper slipped through a slot in Hannah Waibel’s[...]
No limits: Gardiner Scholarships fuel big dreams for the Alexander family
By GEOFF FOX Abby Alexander is a 9-year-old entrepreneur who has developed – and hit the local market with –[...]
Born drug-addicted and poor, a Step Up graduate’s story set for a happy ending
By LISA A. DAVIS If Ashley Elliott’s story continued to unwind the way it began, it was sure to be[...]
School choice scholarship was her ticket out of extreme poverty
By JEFF BARLIS At Seven Rivers Christian School in Lecanto, there’s a list of core values for students. Among them:[...]
The right school choice made all the difference for De’Asia Waters
By JEFF BARLIS Demetria Hutley-Johnson can laugh about it now, but not long ago her daughter, De’Asia Waters, was having[...]
From bullying victim to valedictorian
Editor's note: This story was originally posted on redefinED on July 18, 2016. It's an interesting look at how bullying[...]
School choice scholarship ‘saved’ bullying victim
By JEFF BARLIS  Middle school is tough for a lot of kids. For Valentin Mendez, it was hell. At night,[...]

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