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Scholarships available for Florida students who scored low on Language Arts assessment

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 08:05:38-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Kids in Florida could qualify for state reading scholarships to boost abilities.

Friday morning, First Lady Casey DeSantis said in some parts of the state only about five percent of eligible students are taking advantage of the program.

It provides $500 to third through fifth grade students who scored low on their English Language Arts assessment. The money can be used for tutoring, after-school programs and more.

DeSantis said there are more than 8,000 scholarships available.

"But, if the good folks of Florida don't know you're doing it— it really doesn't amount to much," said First Lady DeSantis. So, part of this is just raising awareness about these scholarships that are there that these students can utilize."

She also touted a public-private partnership with ABC Mouse.

The company will soon be launching a pilot program offering free education apps in math and reading to some districts in Florida.