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Dairyland Auto® and Dairyland Cycle® increase contribution five-fold to Step Up For Students to $500,000 for the 2017-18 school year


Dairyland Auto® and Dairyland Cycle® today announced a $500,000 contribution to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program –  five times the amount they donated for the 2016-17 school year.

“We are proud to support Florida families through our participation in the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program. We are pleased to be increasing our contribution five-fold this year so that we can benefit more students statewide,” said Pete Anhalt, president of Dairyland Insurance Company. “We look forward to seeing the future achievements of these students.”

This marks the second year that Dairyland Insurance Company, a member of the Sentry Insurance Group of companies, has supported the scholarship program. This year’s contribution will fund more than 75 scholarships in the 2017-18 school year. Since joining Step Up as a corporate partner in 2016, the company has contributed $600,000, the equivalent of 93 scholarships.

Step Up For Students helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which allows recipients to choose between a scholarship that helps with private school tuition and fees, or one that assists with transportation costs to out-of-county public schools.

“On behalf of Step Up and the families we serve, we thank Dairyland Auto and Dairyland Cycle for their continued support,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “Without our donors help, we would not be able to continue to grow the scholarship program. Because of them, more Florida schoolchildren will be able to attend the school that best meets their learning needs.”

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 per student for K-5th grade, $6,631 for 6th-8th grade and $6,920 for 9th-12th grade. More than 1,700 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.

Dairyland Auto and Dairyland Cycle President Pete Anhalt (left), along with GreatFlorida Insurance Founder and CEO Ike Peerbhai (right), present Step Up For Students Development Officer David Bryant (center) with a $500,000 check which will provide more than 75 K-12th grade scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. GreatFlorida, one of Dairyland’s largest writers of policies, has 109 locations throughout Florida.


About Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage 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 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.

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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