Scott Center Wins $5,000 Award, Day of Service in Regions Bank Contest

Facility Will Also Receive New Tablets Thanks to Student, Company

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Tech will get the $5,000 grand prize and a day of service after it received the most votes in Regions Bank’s nationwide June 2020 What a Difference a Day Makes Grant Award Contest.

The renowned facility bested 10 other non-profit organizations in the contest, receiving nearly 28,000 votes from a total of more than 82,000. All the organizations are centered on helping people with autism and their families.

During June, visitors to the Regions Bank Doing More Today website could learn about each organization and then cast an online vote once per day in support of their favorite organization.

The contest was part of Regions’ observance of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The purpose of the landmark legislation is to promote fair and equal treatment while fostering a more inclusive society.

“More than 27,900 times a button was clicked for The Scott Center for Autism Treatment,” said Executive Director Tina Goldsmith. “That’s over 27,900 times our dedicated staff heard, ‘We believe in you. We’re rooting for you.’ Words cannot express how grateful we are for all those votes of confidence.”

Kathy Lovell, disability services and outreach manager for Regions, said, “Our commitment to offering an inclusive and welcoming environment at Regions is year-round. The What a Difference a Day Makes contest gives us an opportunity to advance that commitment by raising awareness and delivering financial support and volunteerism for nonprofits that provide vital services for so many people and families.”

Goldsmith said the Regions Bank grant will go toward critical needs for the Scott Center.

A Florida Tech graduate student and her company have recently stepped up for the Scott Center, as well.

Valrie Grant, an MBA student at the Bisk College of Business, saw the news of the Scott Center’s Regions Bank win and realized the company she founded, the information and communications technology firm GeoTechVision, could take action.

Through its EduTechAid program, GeoTechVision donates tablets to organizations in need. Understanding the Scott Center’s need for the devices to help with data gathering, Grant made arrangements to donate 15 tablets.

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment pursues a three-fold mission of clinical service, research and training. The clinic and its personnel are dedicated to helping improve the function and quality of life of children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. Learn more at

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