Student spotlight

Florida tax credit scholarship puts ‘natural caregiver’ on a path for success

Willette Treadway wants to help. She wants to help her classmates, teachers, and administrators at North Florida School of Special Education, where she is in the Secondary 3 classroom. She wants to help her family and friends. She wants to help the homeless population in Jacksonville. “One thing about me,” Willette[Read More…]

Florida tax credit scholarship student takes charge of his education, achieves university goal

On a Wednesday morning in early January, a day after he turned 20, Josep Amiguet walked into a classroom inside Matherly Hall on the edge of campus for his intermediate microeconomics class, his first as a student at the University of Florida. “OK,” he remembers thinking, “I’m here.” It took[Read More…]

Florida education choice scholarship student now chasing dreams in the major league

On a sun-dappled Sunday afternoon in mid-April, Jay Allen gave his mother a gift she will treasure forever. With Deanna Singletary among the family members sitting in the front row behind the third base dugout at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, Jay hit his first home run of the[Read More…]

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship student stays the course to med school despite cancer diagnosis

It was the beginning of the 2019-20 school year and Luke Desclefs was smoothly sailing toward graduating Jacksonville’s Bishop Snyder High School that spring. His course load wasn’t heavy. His grades were in order. His plans for college were in place. Then in October, he noticed a lump on his[Read More…]

Earthquake survivor uses Florida education choice scholarship to become a ‘Rising Star’

Sophonie Jean Baptiste was in the family’s second-floor apartment the day in 2010 when an earthquake rocked her native Haiti. She grabbed her daughter, Gema, who was not quite 3, and tried to run for safety while the three-story building they lived in crumbled. They didn’t make it. Nearly five[Read More…]

Education savings account allows student to gain independence one step at a time

Editor’s note: This student profile first appeared on Step Up For Students’ Marketing blog. Dylan Quessenberry was 15 when he walked up a flight of stairs for the first time. It was 20 steps, linking two floors at his school. But for Dylan, who has cerebral palsy, that staircase was[Read More…]

American Federation For Children future leader Hunter Hickson on consistent action, service to others

Editor’s note: This profile is the fourth in a series featuring former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients who are included in the 2020 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship. Despite growing up as one of four children in a single-parent household, Hunter Hickson had no idea[Read More…]