Founded in 1995 in response to the need for a scholarship program that provides more than just financial assistance to recipients, Take Stock in Children is a comprehensive program that helps underserved students stay in school, earn a high school diploma, graduate from college and enter the workforce. Enrolling students as early as the eighth grade, the program offers; a college tuition scholarship, volunteer mentors to provide support, and a case manager to support the student’s educational achievements. College and career counseling is also offered to all participants.
Students in the program sign performance contracts agreeing to get good grades, exhibit positive behavior and remain drug and crime free. If all program requirements are met, students receive a college tuition scholarship when they graduate high school!
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Our Take Stock in Children Scholarship Application is now available.
Click here for application
Thank you to this year's scholarship sponsors:
Citrus Center Kiwanis and golfers from their tournament
Florida Prepaid College Foundation
George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation
Grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation
Lakeland Chamber Foundation
Paxon Morris Foundation
Participants in our Bass Tournament
Tommy and Kelly Braaten
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Mentors are matched with a high school student at a school near their home or work. We ask that our mentors visit their students on the school campus only, at a time approved by the student's teacher, each week, or every other week, for 30 minutes. Lunch is a great time for mentors to meet with their students, watch this video to see how you can "change a life over lunch"! Email Cheryl Arrington at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on becoming a TSIC mentor.
Current Mentors: To log mentor session hours click here.
A big thank you to Citizens Bank and Saddle Creek Logistic Services for their golf sponsorship!
All graduating seniors must complete the FAFSA in order to receive
the Bright Futures scholarship, Take Stock in Children Florida Prepaid scholarship or Polk Education Foundation scholarships.