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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 are 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!

Click here to read Student Success Stories!


  • Cheryl Arrington, Take Stock in Children, College Success Coach
    863-534-0519 ext 604 Click here to email

  • Kara Franklin, Take Stock in Children, Program Advisor
    863-534-0519 ext 605 Click here to email

Scholarship Opportunities

All Take Stock in Children scholarship opportunities are closed at this time.

Become a TSIC Mentorstate mentor

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 Kara Franklin at kara.franklin@polk-fl.net if you would like more information on becoming a TSIC mentor or click here for the application.

Current Mentors: To log mentor session hours click here.


For Current Scholarship Recipients

All graduating seniors must complete the FAFSA in order to receiveTSIC volunteers
the Bright Futures scholarship, Take Stock in Children Florida Prepaid scholarship or Polk Education Foundation scholarships.

New Take Stock in Children Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the Take Stock In Children Scholarship Class of 2024!

Bok Academy
Ilana Aguilar
Mia Flores
Samantha Hiller
Sarai Mata
Johnathan Glomeau Olaya
Aariyan Sheppard-Parker
Zion Smart


Berkley Accelerated Middle
Myrian Kebtane

Citrus Ridge
Noah Hernandez


Kathleen Middle
Mariana Brito


Mulberry Middle
Freddy Bautista
Diana Cirilo-Cantoriano
Brisa Marcos
X’Zalyn Powell

Stambaugh Middle
Chloe Hurst
Shawn Johnson
Jazmyne Malone
Hailey Roberts
Abdiel Ruiz Feliciano
Jonathan Sanchez
Anna Schulz
Destiny Taveras


Union Academy
Giovanni Meza


Westwood Middle
Jennifer Santiago Lopez