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Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life.

Each student who enters our program signs a contract promising to remain crime and drug-free, maintain a 2.5 GPA and above, exhibit good behavior, and meet with their assigned mentor regularly through high school graduation. Upon graduation, students receive a 4-year college tuition scholarship. Take Stock in Children staff meet with students in the program each semester to ensure students have the resources they need to complete school. Student grades are tracked quarterly, and immediate intervention is provided should students show signs of academic decline.

Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school, and include their transition into college. This program is funded through a unique public-private fundraising model, and our mentors generously volunteer their services to our children.

The Hernando County Education Foundation (H.C.E.F.) took over TSIC in July 2020 from PHSC with 20 kids in the program. We are proud to announce that six of those students graduated this year to further their education with the FREE Take Stock scholarship that they earned at the completion of the program. We granted ten new scholarships to new students this school year. The H.C.E.F. was awarded five additional scholarships to bring in five more new students whose families are confirmed as financially eligible from DCF. The H.C.E.F. is always looking to recruit new mentors for this wonderful program.

The Hernando County Education Foundation can grant more scholarships to students through funding from community members and local business partners.