JULY 12, 2016 | WINTER HAVEN – CertiPay, a Florida-based payroll and human resources solutions company, today announced a $20,000 contribution to Step Up For Students, providing scholarships for financially disadvantaged families for the 2016 -17 school year.
This is the second year CertiPay has donated to the nonprofit organization that helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The company’s donation will help fund four K-12 scholarships for Florida schoolchildren who will be able to attend the private school of their choice.
“CertiPay is dedicated to giving back in our local communities, a core value that is embraced by our employees around the country,” said CertiPay Vice President Mark Ruggieri. “Giving of our time and talent, with a focus on education in the communities where we live and work, is a commitment for our company. We are happy to support the Step Up For Students organization.”
Step Up For Students provides scholarships to qualified lower-income schoolchildren throughout Florida. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions.
“Thanks to the generosity of companies like CertiPay, more Florida families have the opportunity to choose a school for their children that best fits their learning needs,” said Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students president. “We are grateful to CertiPay for their contribution, and to its employees’ efforts to improve the lives of people living in their communities.”
During the 2016-17 school year, Step Up For Students expects to serve more than 91,000 students throughout Florida, with scholarships valued up to $5,886 per student. More than 1,600 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.
(Photo Caption) CertiPay, with the help of four Step Up scholars from Oasis Christian Academy in Winter Haven, present a $20,000 check to Step Up For Students. Back row (from left to right): CertiPay CFO Corey Keith, CertiPay Managing Partner Jamie Knight, CertiPay Business Development Manager Diana Thomson, Step Up For Students Development Officer David Bryant and CertiPay Managing Partner Mark Ruggieri.
Since 1990, CertiPay has offered a wide array of comprehensive service packages providing industry-leading human resources solutions, web-based applications, payroll processing tools and attentive customer support. This means that employers can handle all of payroll, benefits, taxes, time and attendance tracking – and more – while saving time and eliminating the hassle of paperwork. CertiPay’s commitment to service helps employers control operations, attain financial objectives, adapt to economic changes, and grow in today’s demanding business environment. To learn more about CertiPay, visit www.CertiPay.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.
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.For more information, visit: http://www.StepUpForStudents.org.