BAKER — Seaside Engineering and Surveying, LLC., a provider of professional surveying and civil engineering services, announced a $20,000 contribution to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program for the 2017-18 school year, bringing their total contribution to $35,000 since 2016.

This marks the second year Seaside Engineering and Surveying has supported the scholarship program.

"Seaside Engineering and Surveying is proud to partner with Step Up For Students, and know that our contributions are helping local families send their children to schools that best fit their children’s learning needs," Seaside President John Gustin said during Friday’s presentation. "We’re excited to welcome Denise Bowers, Crestview Campus principal from Rocky Bayou Christian School, today. Rocky Bayou is a local private school that participates in the Step Up scholarship program."

Rocky Bayou Christian School is one of more than 1,700 private schools participating in the scholarship program statewide. Rocky Bayou has been listed as the fourth best private elementary school in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org.

"At Rocky Bayou, we encourage our students to conduct every aspect of their life with integrity, honesty, humility and love, traits consistent with the team members of Seaside," said Bowers. "On behalf of Rocky Bayou Christian School, we’d like to thank Seaside Engineering and Surveying, as well as Step Up For Students, for their commitment to creating educational opportunities and for helping families in our community."

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program for financially disadvantaged Florida schoolchildren. The program is funded by corporations with tax-credited donations and allows parents and students to choose between a K-12 scholarship to support private school tuition and fees, or one that assists with transportation costs to out-of-county public schools.

"Thanks to the generosity of companies like Seaside Engineering and Surveying, more Florida families have the opportunity to choose schools befitting of their child’s learning needs," said Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students president. "We are grateful to Seaside for their contribution, and to its employees’ efforts to improve the lives of people living in their communities."

For the 2017-18 school year, Step Up For Students is serving more than 100,000 students throughout Florida with tuition scholarships valued at up to $6,343 per student for kindergarten through fifth grade, $6,631 for sixth through eighth grade and $6,920 for ninth through 12th grade.