Family Empowerment Scholarship

We know there are many questions surrounding the new Family Empowerment Act. Please review the letters below with updates on the school's position on this new scholarship program. 
We will update this page with any changes. 

If you have additional questions, please contact Nena Martinez, our Director of Admission at or 850-383-1007.

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  • January 31, 2024 Update

    Dear Families,

    As previously shared, the Family Empowerment Act Working Committee (FEAWC) has been meeting to consider the short- and long-term impacts of the Family Empowerment Scholarship program (HB1-2023) for Holy Comforter Episcopal School. In September, the Board of Trustees created this working committee as a subset of the Board to research, explore the program, ask the questions relevant to HCES, and report to the Board. This committee, composed of board members, parents, and administrators, worked through the fall and start of the new year to gather information.

    After careful consideration of the research and input provided by the FEAWC, the Board of Trustees has decided not to participate in the Florida Empowerment Scholarship, in part, to maintain our autonomy as a private, independent school. The Board will monitor legislation and future developments to the scholarship program with a plan to reassess in the next three to five years unless there is an immediate need to do so sooner. HCES will continue to offer need-based financial aid for those who qualify. 
    We would like to thank the parents who took advantage of asking questions and providing comments to the committee via the survey. A summary of the responses to those questions may be found on our website on the Family Empowerment Scholarship webpage.


    Brandi Brown                                 Peter Klekamp 
    Chair, Board of the Trustees        Head of School           

Florida Empowerment Scholarship News and Updates

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  • October 30, 2023 Update

    Dear Families,
    The Family Empowerment Act Working Committee has been meeting to consider the short- and long-term impacts of the Family Empowerment Scholarship program (HB1). The committee has developed a list of initial questions to be considered in our effort to reach a recommendation for the Board of Trustees.  We want to share those questions with you and invite you to include your own about the scholarship program and how it could affect your family and Holy Comforter.
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  • September 21, 2023 Announcement

    Dear Families, 

    We want to reach out with an update regarding the Family Empowerment Act, also known as HB 1, that went into effect on July 1. At our annual Board of Trustees Retreat in August, Skylar Zander, who serves as president of Americans for Prosperity as well as Adam Emerson, Executive Director of the Office of Independent Learning and Parental Choice and responsible for running the Florida Empowerment Scholarships for the state, presented information regarding HB 1 and answered questions from the trustees. 
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  • May 26, 2023 Update

    Dear Parents,

    As many of you know the Family Empowerment Act, also known as HB1, will go into effect on July 1. A subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, comprised of administrators and parents, has been formed to evaluate the impact the Family Empowerment Act could potentially have on the future of our school. We will be taking the next six months to research, analyze, and make an informed decision on whether Holy Comforter Episcopal School will participate or not. Over that span of time, we plan to offer informational meetings in the Commons for our school community. At the appropriate time, the Board of Trustees will consider whether to participate for the 2024-2025 academic year and that decision will be communicated to all of you. There are still many questions surrounding this opportunity that we feel it necessary to take our time and make the best, most informed decision for our school community. 

    We hope you enjoy your summer. 

    Peter Klekamp             Rachel Cone
    Head of School            Chair, Board of Trustees

Frequently Asked Questions

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