North Santa Rosa

Take Stock In Children – 18 Graduates Earn Scholarships


Santa Rosa County, FL – Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit organization with a solid history of breaking the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships, mentors and hope, will celebrate the graduation of 18 high school seniors from its local program in Santa Rosa County on May 29th at Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front.   Each of these students will receive full scholarships to attend any state college or university in Florida of their choice upon graduation.

 This graduation signifies that these students have met with their Take Stock in Children mentor once per week, maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and remained drug and crime free. This is the commitment that each Take Stock in Children scholar makes upon joining the program in order to receive a college scholarship.

“This is a milestone achievement for Take Stock in Children as we celebrate breaking the cycle of poverty through education,” says Angi Brown, Program Director of Take Stock in Children of Santa Rosa County. “We are extremely proud of our students who will now take the next steps and make their college dreams a reality.”

The formal ceremony will serve as part of a series of graduations taking place across the state and will gather community leaders, mentors, parents and supporters of Take Stock in Children to recognize the successful seniors. Jeffrey Day, the first college graduate from the Santa Rosa County Take Stock in Children program, will return as the guest speaker for this special event.

Along with a scholarship, Take Stock in Children’s graduating scholars will also receive complimentary college survival guides filled with information to help ease their transition to college, such as helpful tips on budgeting expenses, on-site support services and more. Sponsors of this significant effort include The Florida Lottery, Comcast, Florida Crystals, Helios Education Foundation and Berkowitz Pollack Brant.

To learn more about Take Stock in Children or to become a valued mentor or supporter, please call 850-712-2264 or .

Graduates for 2012:
Gulf Breeze High: Mic Bourgeois, Laura Cannella, Lauren Earnest, Kyle Koester
Milton High: Jaysea Coates, Karissa Hebner,  Adrian Morton, Sarah Stewart,
Navaree High: Maya Garrett, Amanda Hayes, Meghan Slaybaugh
Pace High: Misty Gardner, Lacey Heath, Dakota Major, Cindy Nguyen, Daniel Smithson, Matthew Vance, John Weith

 About Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a solid 16 year history of providing mentors, educational scholarships and hope for Florida’s low-income and at-risk youth. The organization has provided educational support and college scholarships for over 17,000 children in partnership with more than 800 public schools throughout 67 counties in Florida. It is the only scholarship mentoring program with the mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education, and has attained a high school graduation rate of 92 percent in Florida (as compared to Florida’s average graduation rate of 76%). The program’s multi-year commitment to students and their comprehensive program services begin in middle school and continue through high school graduation and into college.  Special emphasis is placed on student accountability and specific measurable outcomes. Take Stock in Children students pledge to meet with their assigned mentor once a week, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and remain drug and crime free.  Upon successful high school graduation, as a fulfillment of their contractual agreement, students are then awarded a college scholarship to any college, university or vocational school in the state of Florida. To learn more about Take Stock in Children, please call 888-322-4673 or visit .

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