LARGO, Fla. – On February 8, 2018, the Tarpon Springs Rotary Club presented the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program with a check for $52,000. Their gift will support 11 new students that will join the Take Stock in Children program on March 21, 2018.
The Tarpon Springs Rotary Club is part of the Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Founder’s Circle as they sponsored the first 10 students who joined the program 25 years ago. Since then, they have supported and changed the lives of 115 students. In addition, many club members are mentors in the program.
TSIC alum and Foundation committee member Johnny Boykins said “This program changed my life not only because it gave me a scholarship and mentor, but because it opened so many doors in the community to enrich my life. I cannot thank the Tarpon Springs Rotary Club enough for their endless support.”
The Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this school year. In order to receive a college scholarship, students in the program sign a contract stating they will earn a C or better in each class, attend school regularly, have good behavior in and outside of class, meet with a Take Stock in Children mentor and remain crime and drug free among other items. Since the program began, more than 4,750 students in Pinellas have received a college scholarship and many are the first in their families to go to college or technical school.
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About the Pinellas Education Foundation
The Pinellas Education Foundation is an independent, non-governmental not-for-profit established in 1986. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance and improve educational opportunities in Pinellas County Schools. Well known Pinellas Education Foundation programs include: Enterprise Village, Finance Park, Future Plans, Take Stock in Children Scholarships, Youth Connect and Fund A Classroom Grants.