Help change the lives of deserving students in Pinellas County. Through the statewide Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program, we offer Pinellas County students hope for a better life through college scholarships and caring volunteer mentors. These comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition to college.
Providing scholarships, mentors and hope
60 %+ of the students in the program are minorities
96 % of TSIC students graduate high school on time
67 % of TSIC students complete college, compared to the state average of 25% for impoverished students
Thanks to the support of businesses, civic groups, a multitude of organizations and individuals who value investing their resources in the future of our students, the Take Stock in Children Initiative presents the opportunity for low-income students to achieve a realistic goal of a college education.
Donor contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid Foundation. That means that every contribution, no matter the size, will be doubled in value. Currently, the cost of a full 4-year scholarship is $9,000 which will be fully matched to fund one deserving student’s college education.
Providing necessary college tuition funds is just one way the program promotes student success. Take Stock in Children also offers mentors who inspire and guide young minds along with school-based ambassadors who keep track of student progress and enhance student learning through enrichment activities.
Mentoring is virtual this year. Being a mentor is easier than ever before – you can mentor from anywhere!
Middle and high school students are expected to complete their annual sponsor thank you letter and update between August 1st and November 6th of every year.
All TSIC college students are required to complete their annual online update and thank you letter to their sponsor between May 1st through June 30th of every year. For students requiring additional time to use their scholarship credits, apply for an extension below.
The application period for families to apply for the Take Stock in Children program is now closed. The application period reopens again next school year on September 1, 2021.
Please note: TSIC Scholarships are awarded to Pinellas County public school students in grades six through nine with demonstrated financial need (students must be on the school’s approved free/reduced lunch list). Students are expected to maintain good grades, behavior and attendance, and stay drug and crime free. Parents must agree to support the educational goals of the student and maintain good communication with the school, among other expectations.