Scholarships. Mentors. Hope.

Through scholarships, mentoring and college readiness efforts, Take Stock in Children gives students an opportunity to achieve their dreams by providing guidance, confidence, and tools to better their lives and create a generational impact on their families and communities. Take Stock in Children (TSIC) breaks the cycle of poverty by identifying high-achieving, low-income public school students who show the potential to go to college and providing them with holistic support.


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college bound graduating seniors

Bridging the Gap

TSIC provides new opportunities for students who may not normally have access, including essay writing workshops, college tours, help with financial aid and college applications, and wellness programs.

The Education Foundation of Alachua County is the first TSIC program with a wellness component. The Student Support Coordinator connects students and families to local community resources that can help resolve whatever issue they may be facing.

local partnerships established to provide resources and educational wellness presentations

Meeting Students Where They’re At

Take Stock in Children focuses on accountability, advocacy, and assistance. Each student is supported by a dedicated team that includes their mentor, teachers, College Success Coach, and The Education Foundation staff.

Each student is assigned to a College Success Coach (CSC) who meets with them one-on-one to discuss grades, behavior, attendance, and wellbeing to ensure they are achieving academic success. CSCs work with mentors, teachers, and parents to identify what each student needs for their individual progress.

volunteer mentors helping to make an impact

Boots on the Ground

Mentors are a critical component to the success of Take Stock in Children. Mentors typically see the students more frequently than our staff, which means they can notify our team of any concerns for their students. Mentors also have access to training opportunities, such as Youth Mental Health First Aid and various Lunch and Learn programs, provided by the Take Stock in Children state office. Mentors meet with their students a minimum of two times per month on the school campus. The Education Foundation will have virtual mentoring opportunities for the 2020-2021 school year.

TSIC families referred to mental Health & Wellness resources

Hope for a Better Future

Upon high school graduation, each TSIC scholar receives a two-year Florida Prepaid College Scholarship. This scholarship can be used at any college, university, or technical program. For many, this scholarship is the catalyst for a better future by providing a pathway to a successful career thereby breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

Class of 2021 TSIC Seniors College Bound To:

  • Santa Fe College
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • University of Florida
  • Florida State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • Fort Valley State University
  • J-Tech
  • Louisiana State University
  • Northern Vermont University
  • Valencia College
  • Valdosta State University
  • U.S. Navy
  • And more!

With Majors In:

Nursing, Computer Science, Psychology, Film Study and Art, Business Administration, Engineering, Digital Media, Criminal Justice, Veterinary Medicine, Mathematics, Linguistics and Language, Chemistry, and more.

Become a Force for Change

Mentors are a critical component to the success of Take Stock in Children. Mentors serve as positive role-models, advocates, coaches and friends. As a Take Stock Mentor you meet weekly with your scholar at their school and have an opportunity to help a child reach their goal of a college education.