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John McKay Scholarship

Florida’s school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities program provided over 22,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school. Please visit the FLDOE McKay site to learn more.

Step Up Scholarship

Step Up For Students provides K-12 scholarships for low-income school children. Does your family qualify for the free or reduced lunch program? If so, you may qualify for this program too. Students who qualify may receive more than $6,000 for private school tuition. Please visit Step Up For Students to learn more.

Family Empowerment Scholarship

The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is one of Florida’s greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families. Following the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7070, which creates the FES Program and provides 18,000 students life-changing education opportunities for academic and career success. Please visit the FLDOE’s Family Empowerment Scholarship page to learn more.

Gardiner Scholarship

The Gardiner Scholarship Program provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account and more. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations. Please visit the FLDOE’s Gardiner Scholarship Page to learn more.

The HOPE Scholarship

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, a student enrolled in a Florida public school in kindergarten through grade 12 who has been subjected to an incident of battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, harassment, assault, or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school the opportunity to transfer to another public school with capacity or enroll in an approved private school under the Hope Scholarship.

Step Up For Students will be the only Scholarship Funding Organization administering this scholarship program.

ADOPT a Student Program

Click here for information on how to ADOPT a student or request to be ADOPTED as a student.