The Family Empowerment Scholarship

Helping parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs.

Redefiners is proud to be one of the private schools qualified to accept students with the Family Empowerment Scholarship.  We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn a second language regardless of their backgrounds.

A different kind of scholarship: The Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly Gardiner) is different from 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. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.

Eligibility Requirement:

This scholarship 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

  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome

  • Prader-Willi syndrome

  • Rare diseases

  • Specific learning disability

  • Speech impairment

  • Spina bifida

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Visual impairment, including blindness

  • Williams syndrome

Age requirements

  • 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.