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Opportunities for Pinellas County Students

Providing the resources students need to achieve their greatest potential

At the Pinellas Education Foundation, we’re committed to offering resources that foster opportunity for the students of Pinellas County. Here you will find information on all our programs and resources so you can reach your greatest potential and be prepared for life beyond high school.

Student Programs & Scholarships


Take Stock in Children

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.

TSIC Middle and High School Students

All newly signed middle and high school students are required to complete their update and sponsor thank you letter by April 5, 2024.


TSIC College Students

College students are required to complete their annual update and sponsor thank you letter between May 15th through June 30th each year.


Apply for Take Stock in Children

The application period for families to apply for the Take Stock in Children program is closed and will reopen during the fall 2024-2025 school year. 

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.


Senior Scholarships

We believe every public school student should graduate with clear aspirations for the future—and the full capacity to pursue them. We’re proud to offer numerous scholarships and grants based on academic achievement, talent and financial need. Each year, we award more than $700,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to graduating Pinellas County seniors. You’ll only need to fill out one application to match your needs and future interests with over 120 scholarship opportunities.

You may be required to submit additional information such as essays, letters of recommendation, and/or financial documents. If needed, the application will prompt you.

The Senior Scholarship application period is open from September 30 through January 31 annually. 

Student Program/Scholarship

College and Career Centers

We encourage all students to explore their college or technical training options. Our Elevating Excellence: College and Career Centers exist to provide personalized support to students and families. This can include strategic course plans, academic counseling, peer collaboration experiences, college entrance test preparation, FASFA completion, college scholarship planning and more. Our college and career centers provide these services at your school starting your freshman year. The Center Coordinators will inform you on course selection and college access preparation, positioning you to achieve an education after graduation that will lead to meaningful career options.

Student Program/Scholarship

Entrepreneurship Program

If you’ve ever thought about starting a business, the Entrepreneurship program is for you. This opportunity will allow you to start a new business and bring an innovative idea to market while working with business community mentors. You’ll learn how to add value to people’s lives and take the steps needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

We partner with Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s 3DE program where you will receive a mentor and guidance throughout the year. Every student is also a 3DE participant. Join the 3DE program at your high school to have the opportunity to compete against other high school start-ups for scholarships.


Walkers Rising Stars

One of the most recognized arts awards programs in the country, this year-long initiative assists high school juniors and seniors in honing audition and portfolio skills. Aided by expert advice along the way, you’ll compete for college scholarships in the categories of Culinary Arts, Dance, Instrumental, Theater, Visual Arts and Vocal Performance.

Since the inception of Walker’s Rising Stars, more than $900,000 in scholarships have been awarded to talented students in these disciplines. Former winners have gone on to star in and direct Broadway shows, appear on network television including the Tonight Show and the Grammy Awards, display their works in major galleries, and teach the next generation of students of the arts. The Pinellas Education Foundation partners with Pinellas County Schools to produce this stellar competition. Dr. Jeffrey Walker, the program’s original benefactor, remains a key partner, along with a number of corporate and community sponsors.

The Casting Class application is now closed and will reopen at the start of the next school year.

Digital Equity Program

Family E-Learning Coaching

Do you need help setting up learning technologies provided by Pinellas County Schools? Our Family E-Learning Coaching Team provides free computer technology service and education. We can help with free internet connections, email, and digital programs to complete your schoolwork.

Cortni Heinz - Florida State University

The College and Career Center has helped guide me not only through the college admissions process, but also to countless scholarship opportunities to make college financially obtainable. The center is a safe space for students to find the best opportunities for their future endeavors!

Cortni Heinz

Largo High School

Florida State University