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Dyslexic Einstein Tutoring, LLC is a proud provider with Step Up For Students.

Family Empowerment Scholarships

(Formerly Gardiner/McKay)

The  Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers like Dyslexic Einstein Tutoring. 


No longer accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year.


Families interested may apply here.

You will need these documents to complete your application: Proof of residency, birth certificate, IEP or Doctors Diagnosis with one of the qualifying disabilities, and Sworn Compliance statement (which no longer needs to be notarized).


Students receiving McKay Scholarship funds for the 2021-22 school year will transition to the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities program (FES-UA) for the 2022-23 school year. Please click here for important information for McKay families.



The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Unique Abilities (FES-UA) is for Florida students 3 years old through 12th grade or age 22, whichever comes first, with one of the following diagnoses:

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Being a high-risk child

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Down syndrome

  • Emotional or a behavioral disability

  • Hearing impairment, including deafness

  • Hospital or homebound

  • Identification as dual sensory impaired

  • Intellectual disability

  • Language impairment

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Orthopedic impairment

  • Other health impairment (including ADD and ADHD)

  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome

  • Prader-Willi syndrome

  • Rare diseases

  • Specific learning disability (conditions may include but are not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or developmental aphasia)

  • Speech impairment

  • Spina bifida

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Visual impairment, including blindness

  • Williams syndrome


Meets the age requirement of:

  • Students must be at least 3 or 4 on or before Sept 1.

  • Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept 1.

  • Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept 1.

To document your child’s disability you will be required to submit a copy of the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Doctor’s Diagnosis from a licensed medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or psychologist. You will also need to provide proof of Florida residency. For a list of required documents, click here


You can check your application status online at
• On the home page, click on “Logins”
• Click “Parent Login”    
• Enter your user ID and password
• Click "Application Status" 

Is there a requirement for my child to have been in a public school the prior year in order to qualify for the scholarship?

The new legislation eliminated the prior public-school requirement for the FES scholarships, but it is still a requirement for McKay for the 21-22 school year only. That requirement will sunset for McKay in the 22-23 school year.

Do I have to apply for a scholarship each year?

Each year, SUFS requires the parent to “RENEW” their child’s scholarship. You will not need to submit documents again, as there is a “Once In, Always In” clause in place. This is simply a process for you to tell SUFS that you wish to continue to participate in the scholarship.

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