WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Florida Community Bank (FCB) is pleased to announce its funding of more than 975 scholarships totaling nearly $7 million since 2015 for Florida’s children, providing them with greater educational opportunities. The tax-credited scholarship donations were made to Step Up For Students (http://www.StepUpForStudents.org), a program that provides financial resources to disadvantaged children to pursue personalized learning and education.
“By investing in our children, we are investing in our future,” said Kent Ellert, President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Community Bank. “We believe it is a shared responsibility to help our children have an equal opportunity to succeed and pursue their dreams. Step Up For Students has been a strong partner for us in this endeavor and we look forward to working with them impacting the lives of Florida’s children in the future.”
As a Step Up For Students corporate partner, FCB invests in scholarship programs to help make a lasting impact on the lives of students and their families. Step Up For Students empowers parents, particularly those lacking the financial resources to access greater educational opportunities, by helping them pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options to best suit their child’s unique educational needs. The scholarships are awarded to students, making them portable should a school fail to meet the needs of the student.
FCB’s support of Step Up For Students is part of its annual philanthropic initiative, Year of the Child, which launched in 2015 is dedicated to helping improve the lives of children in the state of Florida, including those in the foster care system. In addition to the millions of dollars it has contributed to student scholarships, FCB, its employees and customers have raised nearly $100,000 to support Florida children in foster care through the collection of school supplies, sneakers, and holiday toys; while employees have volunteered more than 26,430 hours of their time. FCB was recognized by the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation’s 2017 Community Commitment Awards for its “Year of the Child” initiative.
About Florida Community Bank
Florida Community Bank, N.A., (NYSE:FCB) is the largest community banking company and the second largest Florida-based independent bank, and among the most highly capitalized banks in the state. Awarded a five-star rating from Bauer Financial™, FCB assets are nearly $12 billion, with capital ratios that exceed regulatory standards. Since its founding in 2010, FCB has been steadfast in its commitment to delivering personalized service, innovation, and products and services equal to those offered by the national banks. Similarly, FCB recognizes the importance of community, fostering a corporate culture that promotes employee volunteerism at all levels, while supporting community-based programs and partnerships that help promote greater financial independence and improved quality of life for families. FCB serves individuals, businesses and communities across the state with 50 full-service banking centers from east to west, and from Daytona Beach to Miami-Dade. For more information, visit FloridaCommunityBank.com. Equal Housing Lender, Member FDIC.