By ASHLEY ZARLE
Dairyland, a member of the Sentry Insurance Group of companies, recently announced a $600,000 contribution to Step Up For Students, helping Florida schoolchildren attend the K-12 school that best fits their learning needs.
Dairyland Regional Agency Sales Manager, Nick Marsh, and Agency Sales Manager, Amber Driggers, presented Step Up For Students development officer David Bryant with a $600,000 check. The donation will fund nearly 90 K-12 scholarships for the 2018-19 school year through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which serves lower-income children in Florida.
This is the third year that Dairyland has partnered with Step Up For Students and has contributed a total of $1.2 million towards the scholarship program.
“We are proud of the impact we’ve had on Florida schoolchildren through our contributions to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program,” said Pete Anhalt, president of Dairyland. “Dairyland takes pride in helping our communities become better places to live and work and we know this partnership is doing just that.”
Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The program is funded by corporations with tax-credited donations and allows parents and students to choose between a K-12 scholarship to support private school tuition and fees, or one that assists with transportation costs to out-of-county public schools.
“We are honored to have Dairyland as a partner in our mission to help lower-income Florida families access schools that best fit their children’s unique learning needs,” said Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill about the Nov. 24 donation. “We are grateful for their generosity and their commitment to giving back to their community.”
For the 2018-19 school year, Step Up For Students is serving more than 98,500 students throughout Florida with tuition scholarships valued at up to $6,519 per student for kindergarten through fifth grade, $6,815 for sixth through eighth grade, and $7,111 for ninth through 12th grade. More than 1,800 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.
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