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Step Up for Students Family Empowerment Scholarship (Gardiner)

What is the Family Empowerment Scholarship?

Formerly known as "The Gardiner Scholarship'

The Family Empowerment Scholarship is a private school scholarship program targeting Florida’s K-12 for low to middle income students. For the school year of 2021-22, this scholarship has expanded to include education savings accounts for children with special needs. Scholarships can range between the average of $6,673 and $7,169 depending on the grade level of the student and the county their designated school resides in.

Eligibility Requirements

This scholarship is for Florida students 3 years old through 12th grade or age 22, whichever comes first, with one of the following diagnoses:

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Being a high-risk child

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Down syndrome

  • Emotional or a behavioral disability

  • Hearing impairment, including deafness

  • Hospital or homebound

  • Identification as dual sensory impaired

  • Intellectual disability

  • Language impairment

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Orthopedic impairment

  • Other health impairment

  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome

  • Prader-Willi syndrome

  • Rare diseases

  • Specific learning disability

  • Speech impairment

  • Spina bifida

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Visual impairment, including blindness

  • Williams syndrome

Age requirements:

  • Students must be at least 3 or 4 on or before Sept 1.

  • Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept 1.

  • Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept 1.

How can Sapneil Tutoring help with the application process?

Sapneil Tutoring is here to provide you with answers to any questions you may have when applying or explaining the benefits of this scholarship program. We help make the application process easier as we are here to guide you through the process, informing the applicant of any updates, missing information, or sending off the application with any supporting documents that
may be needed.

504 Plan Requirements

In order for a student to get a 504 accommodation plan, schools may ask for a medical diagnosis showing proof that special education or extra support is needed. Schools may also just look at the student’s grades, test scores, and teacher recommendations. This plan can be requested through the school through the district’s 504 coordinator. This request is made in
writing and then the school holds a meeting to discuss the student’s qualifications and what accommodations can be made in order to increase the student’s support.