For the third year in a row, Marriott Vacations Worldwide has teamed up with the Step Up For Students organization, and thus donating $150,000 in scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. These annual scholarships give students who have a low income, the opportunity to study within whichever school system is beneficial to their future education needs- regardless of the cost of tuition. During the three-year partnership, Marriott Vacations Worldwide has funded 79 scholarships, yielding a grand total of $450,000 in donations to Step Up.
“We are proud to partner with Step Up For Students and are committed to bettering the lives of children in our community,” said Stephen P. Weisz, who is the president and chief executive officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide. “We share the organization’s passion to transform the lives of thousands of children through education.”
This collaboration is just one of the many ways that Marriott Vacations Worldwide gives something back to their local communities. The company is committed to social responsibility, which gives hope and inspiration to communities and organizations in the way of financial contributions and volunteer work in these communities.
About Step Up For Students
The Florida-based nonprofit organization has given out over 480,000 scholarships to under priveleged students since it launched back in 2001, ranking it fourth in Top-Notch Charities among all nonprofits nationally by America’s largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. Step Up helps manage the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Students who qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch, or those who are homeless or in foster or out-of-home care may qualify for these scholarships.
“This program is literally changing lives,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “And that wouldn’t be possible without donors like Marriott Vacations Worldwide. We are truly grateful.”
Special needs students in Florida, can also apply for scholarships through Step Up For Students, as the organization also helps administer the Gardiner Scholarship (formerly known as the Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts).
Marriott’s Beachplace Towers, Florida
Marriott Vacation Club holds this charity in Florida close to it’s heart, as Marriott’s Beachplace Towers resort is a popular option amongst timeshare owners. The elegant hotel is just a two minute walk from Fort Lauderdale beach and makes for a convenient holiday option, given that it is set above a complex of shops and restaurants, making it easy to have everything you would look for in a resort accessible. The modern, bright rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and kitchenettes, plus pull-out sofas and balconies. The 1- and 2-bedroom villas additional have separate living rooms, full kitchens, washer/dryers and whirlpool tubs. Some even feature ocean views! Other amenities include a fitness room, a kids’ activity center and a game room, in addition to a business center. Beachplace Towers is family oriented with fun zone facilities and a great pool deck with a great many comfortable lounge chairs, which makes it a great choice if travelling with children.
Being set above a shopping mall, Marriott’s Beachplace Towers gives you access to a wide variety of restaurants and shops for whatever you might need. You can also access the mall directly from the hotel, via an elevator. Which is perfect if you just want to pop out for a quick snack, without having to get dressed up and factor in extra time for the cab journey. If you are a golfer, then you will be pleased to hear there are several golf courses nearby where you can practice your swing. After a stroll through the shops and street markets of the area, you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and an evening under the stars, dining at the Fort Lauderdale pier if you fancy venturing out of the resort.