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 behaviors and remain drug and crime free.
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 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"! Contact Susan Fenich, 863-519-8077, to get complete information on becoming a TSIC mentor!
CLICK HERE to view a recent talk with Take Stock President Alonso-Mendoza at a Helios Education Foundation meeting
Check out our talented TSIC students online:
Fred Perdue from Kathleen High School will soon be covering college sports via his own sports show, click here to check out this talented young man!
Victor Sims- CLICK HERE FOR YOUTUBE VIDEO
Kyaw Win- CLICK HERE FOR YOUTUBE VIDEO
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. FAFSA opens on January 1.
**Please review the household financial eligibility guidelines before completing any TSIC application**