TEMPLE TERRACE — Circle K, part of Alimentation Couche-Tard, and one of North America’s most popular and successful operators of convenience stores, announced this week  it is donating $2 million to Step Up For Students, providing educational options to hundreds of low-income Florida schoolchildren.

CircleK_PMS high resThis is Circle K’s first donation to the nonprofit organization that helps administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which is funded by corporations with tax obligations to the state in exchange for dollar-for-dollar tax credits. Circle K’s donation will fund about 350 K-12 scholarships, so financially disadvantaged children can attend the school that best meets their learning needs.

“Circle K is thrilled to help hundreds of Florida students through our participation in this program,” said David Morgan, Vice President of Circle K’s Florida Division. “Through our support, more Florida children will find success in their educational experience. Our company is committed to being a good corporate citizen by improving the quality of life in the communities we serve through a host of local charities and organizations. It is through these relationships that we can help people, encourage families and children and support the communities in which we do business.”

Step Up For Students has awarded nearly 78,000 scholarships to low-income students for the 2015-16 school year, with tuition scholarships valued up to $5,677 per student. More than 1,600 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide. Scholars may choose a $500 scholarship to offset the cost of transportation to an out-of-county public school.

“Each year, Step Up For Students is able to provide more scholarships for Florida children, which for most of our families, means hope for their children’s future,” said Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students president. “Without help from our partners like Circle K, the growth of the program would not be possible.”