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New Scholarships Available
Did you know about these two Florida K-12 scholarship opportunities administered by Step Up For Students?
The Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) is a new program that helps families personalize educational plans for their children with special needs. To qualify, students in kindergarten through 12th grade must be diagnosed with one of the following: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome or an intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment). Also, students deemed “high risk’’ due to developmental delays and not older than 5 on Sept. 1 may be eligible for the year they are applying. The PLSA allows parents to direct scholarship funds toward a combination of programs and approved providers including approved private schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.
Another option is the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC), a program created in 2001 which provides low-income families with financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. If a family’s household income qualifies for the free- or reduced-price school lunch program (185% of the federal poverty guidelines), or if the family receives SNAP (food stamps), TANF, or FDPIR, the student may be eligible.
Children in foster care or out-of-home care, or who are homeless also may be eligible for either of these TWO scholarships.
Step Up For Students is a nonprofit approved by the state to help administer both programs. To learn more about the scholarships, please visit www.StepUpForStudents.org.
“A recent experience – a new resident of Lake County, who left a bad situation in Alabama, located the New Directions/Displaced Homemaker Program at LSSC through 2-1-1. She stopped by yesterday to let me know that she has a job, is enjoying her beginning computer class and plans to continue with CNA training in August. 2-1-1 led her to a range of resources that are helping her adapt to her new location and single life.” Patty Weasel, Lake-Sumter State College
Click on the link to see the Daily Commercial’s great story about United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties’ 2-1-1 system. 2-1-1 Help is out there – anytime