Johnson Brothers of Florida Announces $7 million donation to Step Up For Students Scholarship Program
By PAUL SOOST
Johnson Brothers of Florida, one of the top beverage distributors in the state, announced its $7 million donation to Step Up For Students to provide scholarships for financially disadvantaged families for the 2016-17 school year.
This is the fifth year Johnson Brothers of Florida has donated to the nonprofit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Johnson Brother’s donation will provide K-12 scholarships to more than 1,150 Florida schoolchildren who will be able to attend the private school of their choice.
“Finding the right learning environment for your child is paramount in pursuing a good education. Johnson Brothers is proud to provide the keys that help open the doors to possibilities,” said Johnson Brothers of Florida President Frank Galante. “We are pleased to help Florida students in their educational endeavors and to give back to the communities where we do business.”
Johnson Brothers of Florida has donated $26.1 million to Step Up For Students since joining the program in 2012. During that time, they have supported more than 4,750 students with scholarships.
This school year, Step Up For Students served nearly 78,000 throughout Florida, with tuition scholarships valued up to $5,677 per student. More than 1,600 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.
“We are excited that Johnson Brothers of Florida continues to help us provide educational choices for students who otherwise wouldn’t have this opportunity,” said Doug Tuthill, Step Up president. “We are grateful for our partnership with Johnson Brothers and for all they’re doing to help Florida schoolchildren access the educational environment that best fits the way they learn.”
About Johnson Brothers of Florida
Johnson Brothers of Florida is a wine, spirits and beer distributor located in Tampa, with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 1989 Johnson Brothers of Florida has been serving the State of Florida with a tradition of excellence, distributing to 24 counties throughout the Central and Southwest regions. To learn more about the Johnson Brothers, please visit www.JohnsonBrothers.com.
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 free- or reduced-price lunch program, or those who are homeless or in foster or out-of-home care, may qualify. It provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Since 2001, Step Up has awarded nearly 480,000 scholarships.
Step Up also helps administer the state-funded Gardiner Scholarship, formerly known as Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSA), 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.
For more information, visit: http://www.StepUpForStudents.org.