Bank OZK has made an investment in the future by donating $3.5 million to Step Up For Students, a nonprofit scholarship funding organization in Florida. The gift will provide 503 schoolchildren in Florida the option to go to the K-12 school that best meets their academic needs. The funds have been allocated to 10 counties across the state where Bank OZK operates.
“Bank OZK is committed to making a difference in our local communities, and one of the best ways to do that is through education,” said Alan Randolph, Bank OZK’s Regional Director of Community Banking for Florida and New York. “No matter where a person may start, a solid education helps to level the playing field and open doors to career opportunities and success. We are proud of the difference we are making across Florida with our partnership with Step Up For Students.”
Since 2017, Bank OZK has funded 885 scholarships through contributions to Step Up For Students totaling $6 million.
Step Up For Students empowers parents to pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options for their children with an emphasis on families who lack the information and financial resources to access these options. Families may choose between financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another district. Step Up For Students is serving more than 100,400 students in the 2019-20 school year.
“We are thankful for Bank OZK’s commitment to providing educational options for economically disadvantaged Florida families. Their generosity is helping to make a difference across our state,” said Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill. Our program is working because of the generosity of organizations like Bank OZK.”
Bank OZK’s $3.5 million donation to Step Up For Students will provide need-based scholarships to 503 schoolchildren across 10 Florida counties where Bank OZK has banking offices.
Designated Counties Proposed Allocation No. of Scholarships
Lee $600,000 87
Broward $500,000 72
Charlotte $500,000 72
Duval $500,000 72
Dade $400,000 57
Marion $400,000 57
Manatee $200,000 29
Sarasota $200,000 29
Hillsborough $100,000 14
Pinellas $100,000 14
Total $3.5 million 503