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Monin donates $60,000 to Step Up For Students Scholarship Program

By PAUL SOOST

donor cornerCLEARWATER – Monin, Inc., producer of premium syrups, gourmet sauces, fruit purées and fruit smoothie mixes for coffees, iced teas, lemonades, cocktails and more, has announced a $60,000 donation to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program.

Monin CEO Bill Lombardo and CFO Greg Grabau presented Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill with a check for $60,000. They are joined by Denisha Merriweather and Grace Arlington, both who have benefited from the scholarship program.

Monin CEO Bill Lombardo and CFO Greg Grabau presented Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill with a check for $60,000. They are joined by Denisha Merriweather and Grace Arlington, both who have benefited from the scholarship program.

This is the first time that Clearwater-based Monin has partnered with Step Up For Students, a nonprofit which provides K-12 scholarships for financially disadvantaged Florida children so they can attend the school that best meets their learning needs. The scholarships are funded by corporations with tax-credited donations. Monin’s donation will fund 10 scholarships.

“At Monin, we strive to provide support and improve lives for people in our local community. Through our partnership with Step Up For Students, we are making an impact on a few families through helping children become more successful,” said Bill Lombardo, Monin CEO. “Having options and choices speaks to our products at Monin,” added Greg Grabau, Monin CFO. “We are proud that our contribution will allow educational choice to families that otherwise would not have it.”

Step Up helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program allowing recipients to choose between a scholarship to help with private school tuition and fees, or a transportation scholarship to attend an out-of-district public school.

“We are grateful for the new partnership with Monin, and for their generosity and support of the scholarship program,” said Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students president. “Thanks to our donors, we are able to provide educational options to Florida schoolchildren so they can find the best learning environment that suits their individual needs.”

During the 2016-17 school year, Step Up For Students expects to serve more than 95,000 students throughout Florida, with tuition scholarships valued up to $5,886 per student. More than 1,600 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.

 

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