Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits announces monumental $125 million contribution to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program
By PAUL SOOST
MIAMI – Step Up For Students and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (Southern Glazer’s), the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor, announced today that Southern Glazer’s has committed $125 million to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program for the 2016-17 school year.
Southern Glazer’s contribution — the largest in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program’s 15-year history — will fund more than 20,000 scholarships in the 2016-17 school year. This is Southern Glazer’s seventh consecutive year of participating in the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, bringing the company’s total to a record-breaking $315 million since 2010.
“Southern Glazer’s is committed to being a leader in our community, and as such, it gives us great pride knowing that we are providing scholarships for thousands of deserving children for the next school year,” said Southern Glazer’s CEO, Wayne E. Chaplin. “We are thrilled that our contribution will offer parents more educational options and the opportunity to send their children to a school that best meets their learning needs.”
Step Up For Students helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to qualified lower-income K-12 schoolchildren throughout Florida. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions. The program allows 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.
During the 2016-17 school year, Step Up For Students expects to serve more than 91,000 students throughout Florida.
“Southern Glazer’s is an amazing partner and champion of the school choice movement. Their extreme generosity will touch the lives of more than 20,000 children this year alone, and their families across the state of Florida,” said Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students president. “When I think of the impact this donation has, and the lives that will be changed because of it, I am truly humbled. On behalf of Step Up and the families we serve, we deeply appreciate Southern Glazer’s unwavering support.”
About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.SouthernGlazers.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.
During the 2015-16 school year, Step Up For Students served more than 78,000 students throughout Florida, with tuition scholarships valued up to $5,667 per student. More than 1,600 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.
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.