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Take Stock in Children of Escambia County Awards $315,000 in Scholarships

 Take Stock in Children and the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation awarded $315,000 in scholarships at the May 17 “Graduation & Unsung Hero Celebration” at the Wright Place.   

The event honored 23 graduating seniors who received four-year tuition scholarships and a laptop computer.  Also recognized were all of the volunteer mentors of our students as well as scholarship donors.

The 2023 Take Stock in Children graduates are:  Escambia Virtual:  Hana Scully; Escambia HighRalynn Durant, Kaley Mastrianno, Keyonte Smith, Jayla Stallworth; Northview High: Allyson Jones, Dequan Shabazz.;  Pine Forest High:  Amiya Rudolph, Chaeli Lackey, Chancellor Washington; Tate High: Kaylee Emmons, Eliana Howington, Quentin Lewis-Wright, Nancy Mendez-Rostro, Alex-Marie Tartarilla, Malachi Williams; Booker T. Washington High;  Jaden Allen, Ariyanna Cunningham, Brogan Dougherty, Kaitie Johnson, Elizabeth Mendiola;  West Florida High: Jessica Hatton, Bailey Poston.

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida operating locally under the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation.   The program provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education.  Students are selected through a need-based application process in middle school, and comprehensive services continue through high school and include the students’ transition into college. Students receive a college scholarship, a caring volunteer mentor, and college readiness skills. 

Scholarships are funded through a unique public-private fundraising model in which local scholarship donations are matched by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation when scholarships are purchased each year.  Laptops were donated through a program founded by Nick & Nathan Gupta and currently coordinated by Walton Buckley.  Donations come from businesses, community organizations, family foundations, and individuals.

For more information, contact Sally Lee, Take Stock in Children Coordinator, (850) 469-5458, slee@ecsdfl.us