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What Is Take Stock in Children?

  • Take Stock in Children is a statewide program operated locally by the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. Our program provides a mentor, a college success coach, workshops, and college readiness assistance.  Students are held accountable for their grades, attendance, and behavior and commit to remain crime/drug free.  At graduation, if standards are maintained, students receive a 4-year tuition.

Eligibility Requirements:

How Do I Apply?

How are Students Selected?

    • Schools review the applications and a county Take Stock committee makes the final decision.
    • The number of students selected is determined by the number of scholarships donated each year.

Where Do Scholarships Come From?

    • Scholarships are donated by businesses, foundations, community organizations, and individuals. 
    • Donations are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

What Does the Scholarship Cover?

    • Tuition and local fees for 4 years at the state college rate for Florida.
    • Funds can also be used for vocational training or towards university tuition.

How Many Students are in the Program?

  • Currently, in Escambia County, there are 147 Take Stick scholars in grades 7-12, over 70 students are currently in college, and there have been 153 college graduates thus far.


  • For more information regarding the application process, becoming a mentor, or donating toward a scholarship, contact Sally Lee, TSIC Student Services Coordinator, at slee@ecsdfl.us or 850-469-5458.

2023-2024 Scholarship Donors

  • Baroco Electric Construction

    Gulf Power Foundation

    Dr. Sunil & Lisa Gupta

    Martin & Maggie Haygood --  Alison Haygood Memorial

    Robert Hoyt & Ann Yoshihashi (2)

    Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon (3)

    Dr. Wendy Kirby & Mark Speets

    The Lee Family (2)

    Melba Bayers Meyer Trust

    Navy Federal Credit Union

    North Pensacola Optimist Club

    Sansing Foundation (2)

    SubWest Rotary Foundation

    Linda Aarness & Florida Blue Foundation

    Kugelman Foundation & Benson Family

    Ron Jon Worldwide & Donor Group 2022-23

Class of 2023 Applicants
Class of 2023 Graduates

Leadership Council Members

  • Ann Yoshihashi
    Leadership Chair

    Laverne Baker
    President, Laverne Baker & Associates

    William R. Crawley
    Professor, University of West Florida

    Julie Dyson
    (Retired) Synovus

    Kerrith Fiddler, CFM
    City Administrator, City of Pensacola

    Elizabeth Haymans
    Project Manager, Navy Federal Credit Union

    Patty Hightower
    Escambia County School Board

    Bob Hoyt, MD
    Informatics Education

    David Lister
    (Retired) Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund

    Chuntell Patterson
    Take Stock in Children Alumna 

    Michelle Salzman
    Florida House of Representatives, District 1; Salz Studios, Owner

    Dr. Jon Stephenson
    Associate VP, Student Affairs, Pensacola State College

  • Questions? Contact us:

    Escambia County Public Schools Foundation
    Attention: TSIC Program
    30 East Texar Drive Suite 113
    Pensacola, FL 32503-2902

    Office: 850.469.5458
    Fax: 850.469.5612

    Student Services and Mentor Coordinator
    Sally Lee
    Cell: 850.341.6607 

    College Success Coach
    Jeanne Kimberl
    Cell: 850.292.8279

Take Stock in Children Class of 2023


    Take Stock in Children Class of 2023 group picture

Take Stock in Children New Scholars


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